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At first glance, the new SGH-T719 looks like a prototype HSDPA phone that Samsung showed off at CES a couple of months ago. Although it's based on the same impressively slim and light form factor, the T719 is actually a very different phone. Although it's not 3G and strips out a few other features, the T719 adds a couple of very key features: BlackBerry push email and a SureType text keyboard.

 

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While several major manufacturers are now licensing RIM's BlackBerry back-end technology for delivering push email directly to phone inboxes, Samsung has apparently forged a deeper partnership with RIM by offering an actual BlackBerry email interface right on the phone, and licesning's RIM's SureType text keypad design as well.

 

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As you can see from the photos above, the T719 features the exact same key layout as the BlackBerry 7100-series, right down to the icons on the keys.

Other features of the T719 include Bluetooth, a rotating 1.3 megapixel camera, and speaker-independent voice control. Unfortunately it lacks a memory card slot, although the 25 MB of internal memory should be adequate for typical usage.

However the best feature of the T719 is its RAZR-like thin profile that makes it an extremely pocket-friendly alternative to other T-Mobile messaging phones like the BlackBerry 7105 and the Sidekick.

 

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