Yesterday, the first phone manufactures and carriers gave a preview of their upcoming cell phone products - to be released on CeBIT.
First one is Vodafone who showed their new Vodafone Live GX-30 phone from Sharp which is a triple band clamshell with a 240 x 320 pixel main display featuring 65k colors :eek: and features the first 1 Megapixel camera for GSM phone! 8O
In addition it includes IrDA, Bluetooth and support for SD cards.
Also new is Philips' clamshell 855 which connects through a video cable with your TV to watch previously snapped photos on a larger screen. The built-in display features 120 x 160 pixel with 16 Bit.
Wow, that's an amazing development - especially showed by Vodafone. A Megapixel cam for a Smartphone and a screen with the same size Pocket PCs have makes me wonder how fast Microsoft will continue with their developments now?
As Microsoft already announced, the screen resolution for the Smartphone will be increased (during this year?) from 176 x 220 to 240 x 320 which seems to become a common screen resolution for smart phones now while the screen resolution for Pocket PCs is also enhanced!
But the Sharp GX-30 isn't a great photo phone only but also includes features now, previously seen with PDAs only like supporting SD card and not to mention Bluetooth. Seems Vodafone is becoming a top device designer now!
What I like with the Philips phone and why I mentioned it here as well, is the possibility to connect it with TV to watch the previously snapped photos. Something you can't do with Pocket PCs or Smartphones today but you need 3rd party video card solutions which works - so far - with Pocket PCs only but not with Smartphones.
I hope we will see similar features for Microsoft Smartphones soon too!
Cheers ~ Arne