Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/26/samsung_haptic_8m/

Samsung phone recognises people, calls them

Dial and text pals from your picture gallery

By James Sherwood

Posted in Phones, 26th March 2009 10:59 GMT

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.


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.


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). ®