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Samsung phones, before and after the iPhone

At a trial now under way in San Jose, Calif., Apple is trying to prove that Samsung illegally ripped off its distinctive iPhone design. Here's a look at how Samsung's phones have evolved over the years.

Samsung's F700

Samsung Phone

Samsung has what it hopes will be ace up its sleeve: At least one iPhone-like device, eventually released as the F700, was registered in South Korea prior to the iPhone's debut, according to Samsung's trial brief.

The F700, announced in February 2007 -- one month after Jobs' iPhone reveal -- has a large touchscreen and a slide-out keypad. It ran a proprietary Samsung operating system called Croix.

Apple originally included the F700 in its copying allegations, but later dropped the model from its complaint after Samsung established its prior, independent creation, Samsung said in its court documents.

  @CNNTech - Last updated August 02 2012 12:08 PM ET