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CES 2008 News: Cellphones

My CES 2008 news update comes in the following sections: Laptops & UMPCs, Home Entertainment, Media Players, Cellphones, Gaming and Trick Technologies. To read all the CES 2008 articles, click here. Details of dates, pricing and specifications described below are given from the best information available at the time of writing and may change at any time at each manufacturer’s discretion.


It’s a high five from manufacturers who are following on the heels of Nokia’s N95 by releasing 5 megapixel cameras. Both LG and SonyEricsson showed off new models hitting the magic number.

LG’s smart looking Viewty (think ‘beauty’ and it makes sense) is an all black touchscreen navigated multimedia cellphone. The 5 megapixel camera is completed by 120 fps video recording capability and the option to upload directly to YouTube. The Viewty also has a music player and games onboard but the real gem is the camera. There’s red eye reduction, autofocus and this is the first cellphone to get image stabilization. The unit actually looks like a camera with a touchscreen on the back as opposed to a phone with a camera attachment.

There’s no release date set yet, but the Viewty is likely to debut in Europe and the Asia before the US, as the cameraphone market in the US is so under-developed compared to the former two regions.

The same could not be said of Motorola’s stunning new Rokr E8, with its tiny 2 megapixel lens poking out of the back panel. The Rokr’s raison d’être is music and it comes with 6 GB of onboard storage and a front panel which looks more like a media player than a cellphone. It seems everyone wants to make cellphones that don’t look like cellphones any more. The Rokr’s keypad lighting depends on the current mode, a feature Motorola calls ModeShift. It looks great in operation. The whole package is finished off by a proper 3.5mm headphone socket. The Rokr E8 is due out on US GSM networks (at&t, T-Mobile) around March this year.

SonyEricsson seem more keen to stay with traditional cellphone design with its new K850, another 5 megapixel cameraphone release. The K850 bears a strong family resemblance to the K750i, the main change being additional soft keys and an initially confusing joystick implementation. The joystick is actually four navigation buttons sticking out of the middle of the phone. You need small fingers for this one and for the screen soft keys too. It really feels like SonyEricsson have tried to cram too much onto the fascia. Flipping the cellphone over reveals a Cybershot branded 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a Xenon flash. Nice. The K850 is due out early in 2008.

SonyEricsson had a lot of new cellphones to show us this year, with further releases of three other models. The W760 (below) sports a 3.2 megapixel camera, onboard GPS and Shake Control, which allows the user to switch music tracks by shaking the phone. The W350 (below) is a stunningly designed 1.3 megapixel phone with music player, radio and external music controls. Finally the Z555 (below) is a clamshell design with Gesture Control and OLED caller ID, which is obscured from normal viewing by the silver casing on the top of the cellphone. Gesture Control allows the user to control certain functions with hand movements registered by the camera. For example waving a hand across a camera could reject an incoming call.

All three cellphones have Bluetooth 2.0 and support tri-band & EDGE, whilst the W760 goes further by supporting HSDPA and four bands. Planned release date for the trio is Q2 2008.
See photos and read CES news about: Laptops & UMPCs, Home Entertainment, Media Players, Cellphones, Gaming and Trick Technologies.

To read all the CES 2008 articles, click here.


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