Very interesting this one from Samsung. Another brand on the rise these days…..

In their 2011 lineup of HDTVs, Samsung is throwing a new universal remote into every box with a design you might just have seen somewhere before, since it looks almost exactly like the iPhone 4.

The Samsung RMC30D Universal Touch Control TV Remote may not have the iconic branding of the iPhone and iPod Touch designs that it is so successfully aping, but no matter: it’s still pretty impressive, boasting a three-inch touchscreen display that you can use to control the settings of, navigate content on, program settings for and launch apps on not just Samsung’s televisions, but other sets to boot (albeit with more limited functionality than with Samsung’s own D7000 series).

Some might consider this a fairly shameless swipe, but I love Samsung’s approach here. Presumably what they intend to do here is also launch a series of iPhone and Android remote apps, so that Samsung televisions can be controlled identically on a variety of mobile devices… and if you don’t have a PMP or smartphone yourself, they’ll be more than happy to sell you one of these RMC30D bad boys.

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