May 31, 2007

Samsung announces F300 ultra thin music phone

Permalink: Samsung announces F300 ultra thin music phone by Jan Harris

Samsung Electronics has launched the Samsung F300, the world’s first mobile phone with a double-face design featuring two LCD screens. One screen is embedded in the front of the phone, one in the rear.
The device, which is part of Samsung’s new Ultra series, is also known as ‘Ultra Music’. It has a mobile phone [...]

May 29, 2007

Panasonic first with 12.2mp and 28mm wide-angle

Permalink: Panasonic first with 12.2mp and 28mm wide-angle by Jan Harris

Panasonic has added to its LUMIX range of digital cameras with the introduction of the slim and lightweight LUMIX DMC-FX100.
The LUMIX DMC-FX100 is the first camera in the world to feature 12.2 megapixel resolution with a 28mm wide-angle lens. The camera has a 2.5-inch LCD screen.
The LEICA DC lens has 3.6x optical zoom, [...]

May 25, 2007

Orange UK launches SPV E650

Permalink: Orange UK launches SPV E650 by Jan Harris

Orange UK recently launched the SPV E650 smartphone - the first Windows Mobile 6.0 device on the UK market.
The phone is manufactured by HTC and features WiFi and EDGE connectivity.
It has a 2.5in screen, with 240 x 320 resolution and 65,000 colours. A mirrored frame surrounds the screen and the keypad, providing a [...]

May 24, 2007

Nokia releases Navigator 6110

Permalink: Nokia releases Navigator 6110 by Jan Harris

Nokia has followed up its top of the range N95 smartphone with the launch of the more affordable Navigator 6110.
The satnav device features a metallic trim and neat sliding action.
UK maps are provided by Route 66 on MicroSD card. An address or postcode can be entered to plan a route in seconds. Voice [...]

May 23, 2007

GfK sees consumers moving from PDAs to Smartphones

Permalink: GfK sees consumers moving from PDAs to Smartphones by Jan Harris

New research from market research organisation GfK identifies a growing trend for consumers to switch to Smartphones as an alternative to PDAs.
GfK found that the volume of PDA sales in the UK declined by 35% in the first quarter of 2007 and the value of sales declined by 43%, year-on-year. A total of 37,000 [...]

May 22, 2007

LG’s Shine features Skyworks’ power amplifier module

Permalink: LG’s Shine features Skyworks’ power amplifier module by Jan Harris

Semiconductor manufacturer Skyworks Solutions has partnered with LG Electronics to provide mobile connectivity to LG’s record-selling Shine handset.
The Shine is LG’s second model from the premium Black Label Series.
The handset will benefit from the SKY77340, a highly integrated quad-band EDGE power amplifier which supports the European and US markets.
LG is also using [...]

May 21, 2007

Kodak CMOS camera announced

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Eastman Kodak is planning to release a camera and several Motorola cell phones incorporating its own CMOS sensor by the end of 2007.
Kodak, which has been developing a CMOS sensor with IBM technology, will release a 5-megapixel camera with the Kodak-developed CMOS chip by summer 2007 and Motorola-Kodak camera phones will be released shortly [...]


US approves Apple iPhone

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The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Apple’s iPhone and the device is now set for an expected launch in June. The exact launch date has not yet been disclosed.
The FCC carries out a range of tests on new devices to the market, for factors such as SAR (specific absorption rate), which measures [...]

May 18, 2007

Motorola introduces Moto Q9 smartphone

Permalink: Motorola introduces Moto Q9 smartphone by Jan Harris

Motorola has introduced the high-speed Moto Q9, which features Windows Mobile 6 OS, quad-band 3G and HSDPA to allow tunes and documents to be downloaded at broadband speeds while on the move.
With a specially crafted, QWERTY board, users can communicate via emails, texts and instant chat, using the device’s eight inboxes available.
Hot keys [...]

May 17, 2007

Pantech adds Bluetooth to tiny C3

Permalink: Pantech adds Bluetooth to tiny C3 by Jan Harris

Pantech Wireless has released the Pantech C3b, which builds on the success of the Pantech C3 - the world’s smallest camera flip phone.
The C3b includes Bluetooth functionality and will be available to AT&T subscribers.
The Pantech C3b has the same compact form factor as the Bluetooth-less C3, measuring just 2.72 inches tall, 1.69 inches [...]

May 16, 2007

MagnaChip announces CMOS image sensor

Permalink: MagnaChip announces CMOS image sensor by Jan Harris

MagnaChip Semiconductor recently launched two new high-performance CMOS image sensors for mobile phone cameras.
The first of these is the MC521EA, a 1/4″ optical format 2 megapixel (1600 x 1200) CMOS sensor with integrated advanced image processing, one time programmable, non-volatile memory enabling unique module serialisation and calibration, a MIPI (Mobile Industry Process Interface) port [...]

May 15, 2007

World’s first solar-powered mobile phone announced

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Hi-Tech Wealth Inc has announced the launch of the S116 - the world’s first commercialised solar-powered mobile phone.
The phone’s battery provides 40 minutes of talk time after being exposed to direct sunlight for 60 minutes.
Even after exposure to weak light such as sunlight on an overcast day, indoor lighting or candle light, the [...]

May 14, 2007

World’s smallest mobile phone available in UK

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Haier’s Elegance, the world’s smallest mobile phone, is now available in the UK.
The curvy, black phone, which has a pearl-effect finish, measures just 9.1 x 3.5 x 1.8cm and weighs a mere 64g.
It’s not short of features though and includes a tri-band GSM cellular link, FM radio, MP3 player, 1.1in, 96 x 96 [...]

May 11, 2007

Sony Ericsson introduces T650 and S500 camera phones

Permalink: Sony Ericsson introduces T650 and S500 camera phones by Jan Harris

Sony Ericsson has announced two new phones with a design inspired by the natural world and the Nordic lights.
The Sony Ericsson T650 has a stainless steel finish, scratch-proof mineral glass and illumination effects on the keypad and side of the phone which interact with animations on the 1.9-inch screen.
The 12.5 millimetre slim [...]

May 10, 2007

Pantech provides dual-LCD phone

Permalink: Pantech provides dual-LCD phone by Jan Harris

Pantech has launched the innovative IM-R200 slider phone which features two LCD displays - one behind the other.
The main screen measures 2 inches and has a QVGA display while the secondary display is an 1.6-inch OLED.
The secondary display is a touchscreen which acts as a keypad, song playlist, or camera buttons.
The [...]

May 9, 2007

Samsung announces SCH B750 video camera phone

Permalink: Samsung announces SCH B750 video camera phone by Jan Harris

Samsung is launching the SCH B750 video camera phone, with a twist open design similar to Nokia’s N93 video phone.
The SCH B750 features a 3 megapixel camera with 8GB hard drive and 2.2 inch colour screen.
The phone also features an innovative shake sensor to turn of the device’s alarm clock.
The Samsung SCH [...]

May 8, 2007

E-TEN launches X500+ PC phone

Permalink: E-TEN launches X500+ PC phone by Jan Harris

E-TEN Information Systems has introduced the X500+ high-resolution (VGA) Pocket PC Phone with Windows Mobile 6.
The phone’s VGA display provides up to four times the resolution of E-TEN’s previous offerings, providing sharper and more detailed images on the larger screen-area.
The ultra-thin smartphone also features an Auto-Macro camera for photographs and home-video and provides entertainment, [...]

May 3, 2007

RIM debuts BlackBerry Curve

Permalink: RIM debuts BlackBerry Curve by Jan Harris

Research In Motion is launching its smallest Blackberry to feature a QWERTY keyboard.
The sleek BlackBerry Curve weighs 110 grams, is 10.6cm long by 6.1cm wide, and 1.52cm deep.
The smartphone features wireless e-mail, music and video capability, a 2-megapixel camera with 5X zoom and built-in flash, advanced media manager program and photo editor.
The device, [...]


Fly Mobile launches prepay phones in UK

Permalink: Fly Mobile launches prepay phones in UK by Jan Harris

Handset manufacturer Fly Mobile is introducing its prepay handsets to the UK. The company has previously focused on the Russian and Indian markets.
The first Fly Mobile handset for the UK is the SL 500i slider phone.
The pink version of the phone is available from Argos for £59.99, while a black version is available [...]

May 1, 2007

LG launches KS10 smartphone in Italy

Permalink: LG launches KS10 smartphone in Italy by Jan Harris

LG Electronics has launched the LG-KS10 HSDPA smartphone in Italy.
The LG-KS10 is designed to appeal to consumers who require a PC-like environment on their phones.
The slim slider phone features a Symbian OS and users can view any website with the original page layout on its 2.4-inch wide LCD screen, rather than less detailed [...]