Extreme Cell Phones

April 5th, 2005

These days cell phone manufacturers seem never run out of creativity in designing new cell phones that bolster extreme form factors and/or features.

PH-L4000V The camcorder phone PH-L4000V from Pantech & Curitel unveiled by LG Telecom in South Korea is such a good example. The phone really looks like a camcorder (640 by 480 MPEG4) instead of a phone. It operates on CDMA2000 and is only available in Korea.

Other examples of extreme cell phone designs are also from Korea. Samsung’s SGH-I300 (tri-band GSM) is the world’s first cell phone to offer 3GB of storage space through a 1-in micro hard drive. And this is already their second hard drive cell phone. The first one, the SPH-V5400 (CDMA), was unveiled in September last year and offered 1.5GB of space. These two phones’ mainly targets youth that want to use cell phones as their MP3 player.

Also by Samsung Electronics, the new SCH-V770 handset unveiled at CeBit in March is the first to feature a 7-megapixel digital camera and also comes with a 3X optical zoom lens. I wonder why this one does not feature a beefy hard drive as it seems to me a 7-meg camera would fill any MMC cards pretty quickly.

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