This month will see the launch of Samsung's Windows Mobile-based SGH-i320 smartphone in Europe.

The phone, which Samsung said signals its drive into the smartphone market, has a landscape format display and qwerty keyboard.

Those two attributes coupled with its external design have already led some to liken it to the Blackberry email devices that are popular in the US and Europe. Like Blackberry phones, the SGH-i320 supports push email, so new messages come automatically to the handset.

It runs Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone operating system and other features include a 1.3Mp camera, video recording in Mpeg4/H.263, audio playback for MP3, AAC, AAC+, Windows Media Audio, WAV and Ogg files, Bluetooth, USB and voice recognition. The screen is a 2.2in model with QVGA (320x240 pixels) resolution and, like many high-end Samsung phones, it has a document viewer.

The i320 weighs 95g and measures 111x59x11.5mm deep. It has 120MB of internal memory and a microSD card slot for external memory.

It will go on sale in Europe this month and in Southeast Asia "shortly", said Samsung. No other launch details were announced and the company did not disclose pricing.