By Shane McGlaun

One of the myriad of new smartphones to debut last summer and try to match wits, coolness, and usability with the iPhone was the Samsung Instinct, which was a Sprint exclusive. The handset was cool by many accounts, but didn’t really stack up to the iPhone.

Sprint and Samsung have announced that a new and Sprint exclusive Instinct s30 will be coming this month. The new handset offers a thinner profile and two color options including Cobalt Metal or Touch of Copper hues. Sprint says that the device can receive email and access corporate email servers at no additional charge.

The touchscreen QWERTY keyboard gets local Haptic feedback that provides vibration feedback when the keys are pressed on screen. Sprint offers both a standard web browser long with Opera Mini 4.2 for surfing the web. The phone is also pre-loaded with Guitar Hero World Tour and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader. Other features include stereo Bluetooth, 2-megapixel camera with camcorder function, access to Sprint TV and GPS capability. Sprint says the s30 will be available on April 19 for $129.99 after contract, instant savings, and a mail-in rebate.

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