A veritable rash of mobiles turned out at CeBIT this year. Where was all the innovation? Actually with the little guys...
To be honest I was dreading writing up the mobile phone part of my CeBIT coverage. There is simply too much on show with a lot of it being passed off as new. The big guns also tend to dominate proceedings, pushing smaller – sometimes more innovative – companies into miniature booths with remote locations. Thankfully, I found a few so this is where I’m focusing my first report.
Ever heard of xcute? No neither had I, but it single handily produced the most cutting edge mobiles I have ever seen, and I’m talking light years ahead of the likes of Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung. Take a look at the phone above, called the S50, it is 9mm thick and sports a six megapixel camera! Re-read that if needs be because there is also AVI, ASF and MOV video support, a TV Out port and incredible 640 x 240 resolution dsiplay.
This is no pipe dream either xcute has just signed a European distribution agreement with Grundig and expects the phone on the market within six months. Eat that RAZR…
Also chewing up and spitting out the competition was xcute’s DV2. Already on sale in the Far East this baby records flicker and blur free video in VGA resolution at 30fps. I saw this video transferred to a 28in television screen via the phone’s TV Out port and was highly impressed. In addition, the DV2 comes with an integrated six megapixel camera with flash and no less than 22 shooting modes. The display is again a fantastic 640 x 240 pixels, it plays the same video formats at the S50 and weighs just 100g.
Notice the Grundig rebranding? It’s coming to the UK in the next few months with an upgraded version due before the end of the year…
Think the RAZR is slim or the D800 light? Little known VK was quickly re-educating me. Excuse the dodgy photography but what you are looking at is the VK2000, an 89.9 x 49.9 x 8.8mm phone that weighs just 48 grams! It’s not feature packed but you do get tri-band functionality, WAP2.0, Java, a 65k colour screen and capacity to store up to 4,000 numbers.
A smidgen heavier (58g) is the VK2020. It is also tri-band, has a whole gig of NAND flash memory, a 262K colour screen, MP3 and AAC compatible digital music player, Bluetooth, 4,000 number storage, JAVA, MMS and USB connectivity.