August 23, 2007

UK launch for BlackBerry Curve 8310

Permalink: UK launch for BlackBerry Curve 8310 by Jan Harris

The BlackBerry Curve 8310, launched recently by Vodafone and RIM in Germany, should soon be coming to the UK.
The model is similar to 8300 Curve, but with the addition of built-in GPS navigation and mapping features.
The Curve 8310 features a metallic finish and a full QWERTY keyboard. It also has a camera, multi-media [...]

August 22, 2007

Micron announces 3G video-phone calling technology

Permalink: Micron announces 3G video-phone calling technology by Jan Harris

Semiconductor manufacturer, Micron Technology, Inc, has designed a Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) standard-compliant receiver into one of its new mobile imaging sensors. The innovation should help to advance 3G video-phone calling.
The receiver allows the image signal processor (ISP) embedded in the primary camera’s sensor to be repurposed as the ISP engine for the [...]

August 21, 2007

LG to demo 5.1 million pixel camera phone at IFA

Permalink: LG to demo 5.1 million pixel camera phone at IFA by Jan Harris

LG Electronics will demonstrate its ‘Viewty’ 5.1 million pixel camera phone at IFA 2007, which will be held in Berlin from August 31 to September 5, prior to the phone’s launch in Europe in October.
The 5.1 million pixel camera is equipped with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, both manual and auto focus, and can record video at [...]

August 20, 2007

LG to launch Nyx 5-megapixel camera phone

Permalink: LG to launch Nyx 5-megapixel camera phone by Jan Harris

LG Electronics is to launch the Nyx (KU990) in Europe this month.
The Nyx is a 5-megapixel camera phone with a touch-screen front panel and a built-in lens on the back.
Video clips can be recorded at high speed and played back in slow motion. It is rumoured that the Nyx can capture video [...]

August 17, 2007

University licenses new zoom lens technology

Permalink: University licenses new zoom lens technology by Jan Harris

The University of Central Florida has entered into a licensing agreement with Holochip Corp, a US-based manufacturer of adaptive lenses, for innovative technologies which could substantially reduce the size of zoom lenses without reducing clarity.
The technology could have a major impact on the camera phone and digital camera market.
Researchers at the University of [...]

August 16, 2007

Thuraya announces smallest satellite mobile phone

Permalink: Thuraya announces smallest satellite mobile phone by Jan Harris

Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company has launched the SG-2520, which it claims is the world’s lightest dual-mode satellite mobile phone. The compact smartphone weighs just 170g.
The SG-2520 uses cutting edge satellite technology and also features tri-band GSM and GPS, providing high quality and performance.
The smartphone is ideal for travellers, providing uninterrupted satellite telecommunication [...]

August 15, 2007

Zink’s inkless Camera-Printer available this year

Permalink: Zink’s inkless Camera-Printer available this year by Jan Harris

Zink Imaging Inc is on schedule to distribute its innovative portable ‘inkless’ integrated Digital Camera-Printer in late 2007 (Zink stand for ‘zero ink’). The company also plans to release a stand alone Mobile Printer at the same time.
You can take a photo with the integrated printer/camera and then immediately print the image. The printer [...]

August 14, 2007

Sony Ericsson announces K770 Cyber-shot phone

Permalink: Sony Ericsson announces K770 Cyber-shot phone by Jan Harris

Sony Ericsson has announced the K770 Cyber-shot, a 3G phone with a 3 megapixel camera and excellent picture quality.
The stylish K770 is just 14.5mm thick and comes in an attractive ‘Truffle Brown’ colour. The phone’s overall measurements are 105 x 47 x 14.5 mm and it weighs in at 95g.
The camera features LED [...]

August 13, 2007

Details of HTC’s P6550 Sedna revealed

Permalink: Details of HTC’s P6550 Sedna revealed by Jan Harris

Details are emerging of HTC’s latest smartphone, the P6550 Sedna.
The device features a 3.5-inch QVGA screen, which replaces a keypad. It runs Windows Mobile 6.0 and has a 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, HSDPA connectivity, quad-band GSM, and biometric security via a fingerprint reader.
The phone also features a Qualcomm MSM7200 400MHz chipset, 128MB [...]

August 10, 2007

Fly Mobile launches budget SL600 in UK

Permalink: Fly Mobile launches budget SL600 in UK by Jan Harris

Fly Mobile, which specialises in pre-pay mobile phones, has launched its brand new entry-level SL600 mobile phone in the UK.
Despite its low price, the slider phone has a pretty good spec, with a 2.0 megapixel camera with flash and multishot capabilities, video recorder, stereo Bluetooth, FM Radio and MP3 music player. At 81 grams [...]

August 9, 2007

HTC Nike features slide-out keypad

Permalink: HTC Nike features slide-out keypad by Jan Harris

The HTC Nike (P5500) Windows Mobile 6 smartphone is visually similar to its predecessor, HTC Touch, and also has a similar spec, but with the addition of a slide-out ‘tactile’ keypad.
The phone offers a two megapixel camera, HSDPA/UMTS connectivity, GPS and a 2.6-inch touch-sensitive screen.
The device is slightly bigger than the HTC Touch, [...]

August 8, 2007

Nokia announces 7900 and 7500 Prism phones

Permalink: Nokia announces 7900 and 7500 Prism phones by Jan Harris

Nokia has unveiled its Prism collection of phones including the 7500 and the 7900 handsets.
The distinctive phones feature a diamond-cut design and angled lines and are available in new colours.
The Nokia 7900 Prism has a liquorice-black front and an anodised aluminium backcover.
The battery-saving LED main display offers 16 million colours, and features [...]

August 7, 2007

Nokia E90: available free on networks

Permalink: Nokia E90: available free on networks by Jan Harris

The Nokia E90 will shortly be available for free on several networks through a monthly contract.
The robust smartphone is designed for business people on the go. With a standard mobile phone keypad and screen on the front and a larger screen and full Qwerty keypad inside, emails and the web can be accesses while [...]

August 6, 2007

Mio announces A501 GPS PDA phone

Permalink: Mio announces A501 GPS PDA phone by Jan Harris

The feature-packed Mio A501 is a fully functional PDA with satellite navigation functions and a 2-megapixel camera on the back with auto-focus and flash.
The device is powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, which provides desktop contacts, calendar software and push e-mail.
The A501 features a SiRFstar III GPS receiver, with an intuitive interface for [...]

August 3, 2007

Mirror technique improves camera phone quality

Permalink: Mirror technique improves camera phone quality by Jan Harris

Researchers at the University of California in San Diego have developed a new technique to bring sharp telephoto capability to the sleekest of camera phone.
The trend for ultra-thin phones has made it nearly impossible to include a quality zoom lens.
The thin, wide-angle lenses used in camera phones are great for panoramic shots, but [...]

August 2, 2007

OmniVision ships 1/10-inch OV7680 VGA camera chip

Permalink: OmniVision ships 1/10-inch OV7680 VGA camera chip by Jan Harris

OmniVision Technologies Inc has started shipping volume production quantities of its OV7680 1/10-inch VGA CameraChip sensor.
The OV7680 is a cost-effective, ultra-thin camera module, suitable for entry-level camera phones and for secondary cameras in 3G handsets.
The sensor is built with unique non-linear micro-lens shift technology. This reduces the distance between the sensor and the [...]

August 1, 2007

Adidas and Samsung team up for sports phone

Permalink: Adidas and Samsung team up for sports phone by Jan Harris

According to a German tech website Adidas and Samsung are to launch a new sports phone, the SGH-F110.
The 2-megapixel camera phone will be Adidas branded and will be geared towards fitness enthusiasts with a heart-rate monitor, calorie counter and stepometer.
There are also rumours of a special voice-coach feature to provide encouragement during workouts [...]