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RELEASED: Orange launches next generation music Smartphone - SPV C550 unveiled [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 14.07.05 - 19:15:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 14263x
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Orange yesterday announced the launch of the Orange SPV C550 Great for Music handset. The compact mobile pairs the power of a state-of-the-art smartphone with the user friendly functionality of a digital music player, which features its own dedicated play, rewind and fast-forward keys.
The Orange SPV C550 will go on sale in Orange stores, from Orange's websites and retail outlets across the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland this month, free on selected service plans.

Matthew Kirk, Director of Devices at Orange said: "Since the launch of the first SPV handset three years ago, Orange has led the development of smartphones and provided its customers with a choice of the latest and most powerful devices. The Orange SPV C500 was the world's smallest smartphone and today its successor provides the first realistic alternative to carrying around a separate MP3 player, phone and PDA."

The Orange SPV C550 features a sophisticated brushed aluminum design, has the capacity to store up to 170 Music Player tracks and is ideal for style conscious music lovers who want to get more from their phones. Pre-loaded with Orange Music Player, the handset enables customers to download and enjoy the 300,000 music tracks available on the Orange World portal while the award-winning Fireplayer application lets SPV C550 users remix their favourite tunes as ringtones.

Key Features

  • Great for music: Orange Music Player offers over 300,000 tracks in aacPlus. The handset is also compatible with WAV, MP3 and MPEG-4 formats
  • Remix your own ringtones: Download and remix tracks on Fireplayer to create your own individual ringtones
  • Manage your life: leading voice, text, email, data, calendar and connectivity capabilities allows total control over your business and social life
  • Image intensity: Integrated 1.3 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom provides high-quality still and video imagery on a 64K TFT colour screen

The Orange smartphone is a Windows Mobile-based, delivering a powerful set of features that bring PC like functionality to this small but perfectly formed handset. The SPV C550 synchronises easily with your PC giving you access to your online contacts, diary and calendar and also the ability to send and receive emails from your mobile. The combination of a powerful 1.3 megapixel camera and large high resolution screen delivers crisp digital images and allows for crystal clear viewing of documents, files and E-Mails.

A huge range of exclusive film and sporting content, travel services and gaming applications are available on Orange World; all supported by the Orange smartphone. The SPV C550 includes a removable 128MB mini SD memory card giving you the space to store your music and entertainment files while built in USB, IrDA and Bluetooth offer unparalleled connectivity to your PC, laptop or mobile device.

The SPV C550 joins the SPV range of Windows Mobile-based devices, which are available exclusively to Orange customers and include the SPV C500 phone, SPV M2000 PDA and the recently-launched SPV M500 mini PDA.

Ok, now we have the official words from Orange, that the SPV C550 will not be the follower of the C500 but will be its "enhanced" music version instead (similar to T-Mobile's SDA and SDA Music devices which are based on the same platform, while Orange's C550 isn't based on the previously used "Feeler" platform but on HTC's new "Hurricane" reference design).
Last but not least - the Orange C550 is using Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, not Windows Mobile 5.0 but it uses the lately announced QVGA 240 x 320 pixel screen size, not the previously used QCIF+ 176 x 220 pixel resolution which was typical for Windows Mobile Smartphones so far.

Cheers ~ Arne

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