Two High-End Symbian Smart Phones Announced

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Motorola A1000

When it’s available later this year, the A1000 will be Motorola’s third Symbian phone. It will include strong multimedia and Internet-access capabilities.

Motorola A1000 This device will have a 1.2 megapixel digital camera with 4x digital zoom. It will offer users the ability to do two-way video conferencing on its 208-by-320-pixel screen. It will also play MPEG4, WMV, WMA and MP3 files.

This smart phone will offer web browsing, as well as email, SMS, and MMS. It will also include Virtual Private Network support.

The A1000 will come with the Picsel Document Viewer, allowing it to view — but not edit — Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF documents.

This will be a tri-band GSM/GPRS device that will include Bluetooth, allowing users to make use of a wireless headset or car kit.

The A1000 will be one of the first devices to use SanDisk’s T-Flash removable memory cards. This will be a 32 MB card that will act as the handset’s primary Storage but can also be switched to a new phone.

It will use the UIQ platform on top of Symbian OS 7.0. It will have 24 MB of internal storage.

The Motorola A1000 is expected to be available during the fourth quarter of this year.

Panasonic X700

Panasonic Mobile Communications has taken the wraps off its first smart phone to use the Symbian OS. This will include a camera and Bluetooth.

Panasonic X700 The X700 will have a clamshell design, with a screen on one side and a D-pad and keypad on the other. On the outside will be a color sub display and a miniSD slot.

Its camera will be capable of taking VGA-sized pictures and also video. Pictures can be edited on the X700 and sent through MMS. It will have a photo light but not a flash.

The X700 uses the Series 60 Platform, a user interface developed by Nokia for Symbian phones and licensed to other companies. Series 60 devices all have a screen resolution of 176 by 208 pixels and they don’t use touch screens.

This smart phone will come with software to allow it to view and edit native Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

It will be a tri-band GSM/GPRS device with both voice and data capabilities.

The Panasonic X700 will begin shipping in Europe this fall. It is not yet known if it will be released in the U.S.

Both these smart phones were announced at the 3GSM World Congress 2004, going on now. Another Symbian-powered device, the 9500 Communicator, was also announced earlier this week.

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