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?
Looking for something similar but in a more traditional phone format? Taiwanese electronics giant Chi Mei is showing off its UCP-100, a quad band, 1.3 megapixel camera phone with built in 802.11g. Also sported is Bluetooth and a miniSD slot.
I know what you are thinking: this is just the kind of exciting product that never makes it to these shores. Well, Motorola has sold Chi Mei’s products under its own brand before, so perhaps we can allow ourselves to get a teeny bit excited?
Speaking of Motorola, while it turned out Apple’s iTunes software would not be integrated into the E1060, its chief exec Ed Zander has revealed a phone called the ROKR (yes, tragically, it sounds like “Rocker” to us too) will indeed be the first phone on the market with this feature. Vying with Samsung and Panasonic for the ”Most Ludicrously Large Number of New Phones Award ”also meant Motorola had to slip out one more handset, the M1000.
This is a rather stylish (in a tall-dark-stranger kind of way) 3G model with 2.9in screen, one megapixel camera, touch screen and Bluetooth. A TransFlash slot gives the option of expanded storage and whilst multimedia details were not revealed, its twin stereospeakers suggest it will not be lacking in this department. Needless to say, a further wave of low end GSM phones then followed this annoucement giving Motorola the Crown, but none of them warranted any further column inches.
This rolls us nicely along to Sagem who has typical entry-level-of-the-entry-level affair at the event. It showed off the myX 1-2 and 2-2, both GSM, one with a 4k colour screen, the other mono (yes, mono!) which would have looked out of place at last year’s conference.
A clamshell design followed them, the C 3-2, also with mono external screen. That’s enough about that. Slightly more interesting were its prototypes: handsets with 262k screens and 1.3 megapixel cameras which suggests, once again, Sagem will be ready to replicate everyone else’s current technology at next year’s show.
So we end our coverage thinking about 3GSM 2006. If last year was about cameras and this year is about music, the logical progression must be video? Finally, high resolution movies stored on huge capacity TransFlash chips? Yes please. Just give me 12 months to get over my new mobile phone induced anxiety attacks. Anyone know the number of a good shrink?