We all know Asia is well ahead of the US when it comes to cell phone technology. With Microsoft’s delays on the SmartPhone, we may give the crown for best integrated device to Asia as well.
Video conferencing, Bluetooth, a 200,000+ color screen, integrated keyboard and more, make us hope this little gem makes it to the US, some day.
TOKYO, JAPAN, July 9, 2002 — NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that it will market a new 3G -compatible two-part terminal – a PDA base unit with a BluetoothTM wireless handset.
The FOMA SH2101V base unit has a built-in camera that enables 64kbps real-time videoconferencing – while the wireless handset is used for voice communication. The handset can also be used, via the PDA, as a simple voice phone or for checking e-mail (even when the PDA is folded away), or as a remote control when playing downloaded music on the PDA.
The PDA base unit and handset connect using Bluetooth, a world standard for wireless communication between mobile phones, PCs, and other devices.
The FOMA SH2101V has a 3.5-inch, 262,144-color TFT LCD touch-panel screen and a keyboard. It is compatible with a number of DoCoMo’s packet-based mobile multimedia services including, ,
i-motionTM, and ippliTM, with a maximum download speed of 384kpbs. It can send and receive e-mails of up to 10,000 alphanumeric characters via i-mode, and also supports M-stage , a video content distribution service that enables users to download or stream movies, news, sports, music, and so on via 64kbps circuit-switched wireless transmission.
The new terminal will be marketed through all DoCoMo sales channels from July 16, 2002. The retail price is open (not fixed). The standard accessory kit, including a wireless handset, battery packs (for both PDA and wireless handset), AC adaptor and cord, touch panel stylus, and FOMA-card cover, will cost 46,600 yen.
For detailed specifications of the terminal, please refer to the attachment.