South Korea's Samsung Electronics Wednesday announced what it claims is the world's slimmest "watch phone".
The handset is 11.98 millimetres (0.48 inches) thick compared to the 13.9 millimetres of a model by rival LG Electronics, Samsung said in a statement.
The firm plans to sell the new phone, priced at around 450 euros (639 dollars), first in France this month and then other European markets.
The mobile has a 1.76-inch touch screen on which users can check e-mails and play MP3s as well as make calls, Samsung said. It also has a Bluetooth function and voice recognition.
LG Electronics said its version will go on sale no later than August.
(c) 2009 AFP
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