3GSM: “More, More, More…

...how do you like it? How do you like it?" Philips, NEC, LG, LBTEL show what they've got and there's more news from Sony Ericsson.

It seems little dazzling was happening with NEC either, with its e540, e242, e101 and e121 doing little to quicken the heart rate. Nothing 3G here, with only the 1.3 megapixel camera and 1.9in, 176×220 pixel, 65k colour screen and built in MP3 player of the e540 really going to interest technology fans.

Trying to up the bar after these lacklustre offerings is LG. On display it has four phones, of which the U8180 and U8120 are 3G handsets with quad-band functionality, and MP3 support. The U8180 has dual TFT displays with support for video telephony while the U8120, which will be licensed exclusively to 3, incorporates a rotating VGA camera and 32MB of internal memory.


Things then get rather more conceptual with the SV360 gaming phone (pictured above), it is armed with a one million polygon per second graphics accelerator chip which LG claims is five times faster than “currently available chips” but – typically – it didn’t go into further details about how it proves this. What could be fun is that the SV360 has motion sensors which means you can control games simply by tilting the phone in the appropriate direction. What the old lady next to you on the bus will think as you do this wasn’t covered in the release.


Rounding things off nicely for the Korean manufacturer is the LT1000 TV Phone, which can pick up Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB). A neat fact is the phone is designed to allow users to make phone calls and watch TV at the same time, whether it is a good idea to try and do both simultaneousl remains a separate social question. A 1.3 megapixel camera and MP3 player also feature.


Taking absolutely no influence whatsoever… no sir… not a lick… for Apple’s iPod is DBTEL with its Iris handset (pictured above, on the left, with “Iris” written on it!). Exact details remain elusive and DBTEL suggests it will be a product destined solely for the Asian market, but the need to highlight a lack of original styling on my part necessitated some sarcastic comment.

Still got a hunger for what’s latest and greatest at 3GSM? Click back tomorrow for the last day of the event and a final round up.


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