BenQ might not jump into your head when it comes to mobiles as fast as, say, Boris Johnson when you say "useless foppish toff," but it's still in the game. Its new C36 handset looks almost identical to 3's Skype handset we looked at back in October (and still use). It's a music phone with support for MP3, WAV, AMR, and good old MIDI files, has a 176 x 220 LCD display and--chickety-check this out--"health management."
The Chanel Choco phone is a concept conjured up by designer Fred de Garilhe, and apparently Chanel had nothing to do with it. But neither of those facts will stop anyone from lusting for one.
If we understand it right, the phone is supposedly made of two movable parts. When you slide up the right-most column on the 4-by-4 design, it reveals the keypad as well as the screen. The internal optical-fiber system then projects the visual components, such as the digits on the keypad, onto the relevant parts made of still glass. All of which proves the point that, … Read more
Following a pair of new XpressMusic handsets last week, Nokia today unveiled three more handsets: the 6600 folder, 6600 slider, and 3600 slider.
The Finnish giant is marketing these three phones as "beautiful to use" even though we think they look just like regular handsets. According to Aki Laine, the man responsible for the 6600 clamshell, the phone is designed to fit the contours of your face (which sounds like the "banana" phone sometime back), and there's no need to manually open the handset because there's a dedicated button to do that. The pictures … Read more
As if the numerous events happening concurrently aren't enough to keep us busy, Sony Ericsson decided to pile on by dropping a couple of new handsets on us.
The G502 squeezes "a wealth of time-saving features into an affordable, pocket-sized phone" and is supposedly the first in its line to come with HSDPA connectivity. Features include a 2-megapixel camera, built-in FM radio with RDS, Bluetooth stereo A2DP, and A-GPS--all in an uninspiring candybar design. It's expected to be available in Asia in the third quarter of this year.
The second model is the Z780 with almost … Read more
Samsung unveiled no fewer than 11 phones at its regional mobile road show in Singapore, but only three are new. From the Connected series comes the SGH-M620, which features a 1.9-inch LCD screen, microSD card slot, and onboard FM radio, while the SGH-B200 and SGH-B110 are entry-level models from the Essential series.
The B200 sports a function that allows users to track the phone when it is stolen or lost. Like the M620, the built-in FM radio on the B200 supports recording capabilities, and tunes recorded over-the-air can be used as ringtones. These two phones are expected to be … Read more
At a swanky meeting yesterday, we got to play with Nokia's glossy new Xpress Music handsets, the 5320 and the 5220. Both are set to be affordable, mid-range models available from the third quarter of this year in the U.K. During our swift fondling sessions with the phones, we formed some early opinions.
Firstly, and most importantly as far as music phones are concerned, Nokia told us it has put brand-new audio chips inside these two new models to improve sound quality over previous handsets. This is a sensible decision, as more people are turning to mobiles as … Read more
Paris-based phone designer extraordinaire ModeLabs continues to make its mark on the mobile landscape in Europe, with diverse handsets ranging from an MTV-branded slider to Tag Heuer's "Meridiist," with varying degrees of success.
Its latest offering is a new Levi's handset--not the dubious red tag version seen recently--to be marketed exclusively by French telecom Orange. Unlike the original steel-case model, the new version is a slider that claims to be the first mobile phone with a design that "combines a metal and soft touch finish," according to Gadgetizer (PDF). What does that mean? Who … Read more
Nokia has announced two new models from its Xpress Music mobile phone lineup for Asia. The 5320 Xpress Music comes with a dedicated audio chip onboard and HSDPA connectivity, while the 5220 Xpress Music features a built-in lanyard. A built-in what, you say? Anyway, we're not sure how this looks since this is probably the first time we've hear of a phone with a lanyard that's not removable, though we suspect it's probably the eyelet Nokia is referring to. Both handsets sport dedicated music keys, 3.5-millimeter audio jacks, deliver up to 24 hours of playback … Read more
MTV is continuing to push its brand onto gadgets, though it seems to be more interested in Europe than anywhere else. A couple of weeks ago its logo showed up in an X-ray on a "multi-room box" distributed by U.K.-based Sky TV, and now it's coming out with a branded mobile phone in France.
The red 3G slider, from handset designer ModeLabs, has a 2.2-inch display, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and, of course, an MP3 player, according to Pocket-lint. Aside from the obvious logo, it offers exclusive access to MTV content, as well as … Read more
Several more companies on Monday agreed to sign their names to the Long Term Evolution (LTE) framework for the next generation of wireless technology.
The largest handset maker in the world, Nokia, was joined by Sony Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, NEC, and NextWave Wireless. Part of the agreement on LTE means the companies will agree to license their patents "on fair and reasonable terms," which means keeping royalties for handset patents below 10 percent of the handset sale price.
"Today's announcement is a step towards establishing more predictable and transparent licensing costs in a manner that enables faster … Read more