Welsh Language phone from Samsung

preston1-300x300A little over a year since Samsung was the first mobile phone manufacturer to offer an Irish language phone the Korean company has announced another first with the upcoming release of a Welsh language handset. The phone will be a modified version of the popular Samsung S5600 that is already on sale in the UK.
In 2008 Samsung hired 3 highly trained academic translators to translate over 44,000 words into Irish for the release of an Irish language Tocco Lite. While some cynics have claimed it to be nothing more than a marketing gimmick, it is a welcomed one none the less, particularly among those in Ireland who would rather speak in Irish. Although Samsung have claimed they will not release every handset in Irish they will try to make it an option for all key launches.

For many people in Wales English is their second language and so many Welsh speakers will benefit from the addition of a Welsh dictionary. This will allow the UI to be displayed in Welsh as well as allowing Welsh speakers to use predictive messaging that had previously only been available in English. The revamped S5600 will also feature over 44,000 Welsh words and will account for variations between North and South Welsh.
The Samsung S5600 that has already proven to be a popular handset in the UK sits midway between the Tocco Lite and the i8910 HD. Featuring a 2.8” touchscreen display and Samsung’s novel TouchWiz interface that allows a more intuitive interaction with the phone, the S5600 also comes with a 3 megapixel camera and accelerometer.

Although this Welsh language phone is a one off for now and does not allow much choice for Welsh speakers it is hoped that it will start a trend within the mobile phone industry to cater for UK languages other than English. The S5600 will be available on Orange on contract or prepay soon.


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