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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.

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.

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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