3GSM: The End Is Nigh

As 3GSM draws to a close today we take a look at those handsets that nearly slipped through the net and wonder: What will the future bring?

Nokia still has a surprise up its sleeve too, the 7710. An odd looking device (need we tell you below), the 7710 is a Symbian-based widescreen multimedia smartphone with pen input via a 65k touch screen. It includes a full internet browser, integrated music player with stereo audio, and video recording. The one megapixel camera comes with 2x digital zoom and there is also FM radio. There is support for push email based on a Smartner solution, a VPN client and installed memory of 90MB plus an MMC slot.

The 7710 seems a strange device, given its combination of old and new technologies and a further surprise was in the works: it’s on sale now.

More traditionally a motherboard and PC components manufacturer, Asus is also doing the rounds at Cannes showing off its P505 communicator. Announced last year, but slated for release in the first quarter of 2005, the P505 is Windows Mobile based device with a keypad flip front (think of the Sony P900 or P910), that hides a 2.8in, QVGA screen and 1.3 megapxel camera.

Surprisingly palm sized, the P505 is powered by an Intel PXA270 processor running up to 520MHz and comes equipped with 53MB RAM. There is Bluetooth but no Wi-Fi but at least USB connectivity is provided. For further expansion an SD memory card slot is fitted, whilst a five way joystick on the upper left side can be used for navigation in conjunction with the stylus on its touch screen.

Continuing the smartphones theme is T-Mobile with its “”Pocket Office”” MDA IV which will be released in the summer. Perhaps the most striking feature of the 3G MDA IV is that it features built in wireless, while the display can be swivelled allowing it to be used either like a small computer or traditional clamshell phone. Mobile handsets appear to be slowly subsuming cameras and music players, could a play for laptops be next?


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