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Samsung phone recognises people, calls them

Dial and text pals from your picture gallery

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Scrolling through your phone’s address book to find someone to call or text can be a chore. So Samsung has launched a cameraphone that lets you text or call by tapping on their photo.

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Samsung's Haptic 8M: lets you call friends from pictures

Called "Face Tagging", the feature allows you to call or text someone by clicking on a photo, snapped by the Haptic 8M’s 8Mp camera. It works with almost any type of shot, even if your friend’s been snapped in a group picture, matching the snap against one you've already assigned to a contact.

Facial tagging is nothing new – Samsung’s 9Mp ST10 camera already sports a similar feature, allowing it to recognise the same individual within a number of pics.

The Haptic 8M’s camera also supports autofocus, business card recognition and smile snapping, with images displayed on a 3.3in touch-sensitive screen.

Given the phone’s name, we’d assume that the virtual keyboard is set-up for haptic feedback. An external memory card slot is built in too, and the phone includes Bluetooth.

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An 8Mp camera, Bluetooth and TV reception all feature

Although there’s no mention of Wi-Fi support, the Haptic 8M does support HSUPA 3G speeds of up to 5.7Mb/s. Music playback hasn’t been mentioned, but Samsung said the phone can receive TV broadcasts.

Unfortunately, the Samsung Haptic 8M has only been inked for release in Korea so far – where it’ll cost roughly KRW900,000 (£456/$664/€489). ®

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