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CeBIT 2002: Day 2 / Part 2

A great deal of people crowded around the Motorola's stand as the new line sparked much interest, not without the help of intriguing video clips. At the press conference the company's representatives said that the last year was a year of restructuring, understanding their place on the market and of development of new strategies. And now they are ready to fight for their share and the stake will be on GSM devices by which the company plans to lift sales by 7%.

Apart from new models the company demonstrated a lot of accessories which we wrote about in our latest Digest.

These cute angels advertised their products. On the second photo the angel got tired of persistent attention of the journalists and visitors.

At the Telit's site I noticed two new models - GM882 and GM884. They are two-band devices supporting packet transmission (4+1). For the EMS the developers made a large graphics screen of 132x65 pixels. By changing the font (out of 10) you can change the menu's appearance. There is also an organizer, 3 games i.e. a standard set of functions.

Samsung showed off its current line

One of the new interesting models is SGH-V100 - a clamshell with a color display (65K color) of 176x220 pixels. The resolution of the external screen is 96x64 pixels, back light is blue. The phone measures 88x48x23 mm and weighs 97 g. This is the first GSM phone to support video on demand. Data are transferred by the GPRS technology (class 8); the MPEG-4 codec is used to play sound. Besides, the device supports AAC and MP3 codecs and thus can be used as a player. Also, it incorporates 1900 MHz band, a 16-voice synthesizer, EMS and an IR port.

These days the company doesn't focus on new models and produces all variations of usual clamshells. The SGH-S100 differs from the above one only in the Java support and lack of video functions. As a result, it uses a smaller display (128x160), 65000 colors. The phone is 88.5x46.5x23 mm at 85 g.

The S100 seems to be a prototype for the T100. It has simple functions and only two bands; its dimensions are 88x50x22.9 mm at the weight of 87 g. The key difference is lack of packet transmission.

The T200 is similar to the T100, but it has an automatic case opening mechanism. Just press a button and the phone will open or close. It measures 88.5x46.5x22.8 mm and weighs 99 g.

The Q300 is an extension of the Q200. Technically, the device is standard and similar to the T100; it has a relatively small display of 128x128 pixels. The size is 85x48x23 mm and weight is 89 g.

And the last GSM clamshell is SGH-A500 which is going to replace the women's A400. The new model suits both men and women. It uses a new high contrast display with four grey scale quality.

I was able to listen to a 40-tone ring and which sounded very impressively, and taking into account that the SGH-N600/N620 supports just a 16-tone one it has a direction in which to develop.

There were a lot of smaller stands with all possible devices. For example, Vtech had several models. However, they were of little interest because of few functions and an unsophisticated design.

Below you can see an interesting smartphone called Cybeo. There are only three prototypes in all in the world; it supports executable Java applications and an OS written in it. It's just a reference design and an impressive demonstration of its capabilities. Here the smartphone was connected to the camera and several PCs; it was possible not only to exchange data but also control a big machine.

Maxon brought a lot of plastic prototypes to the display, almost no working models. On the photo you can see the most interesting things.

I also came across mp4 players - an interesting solution but of little use.

The following Bluetooth device from Possio stores files of Java applications and can transfer them on demand to any bluetooth device, i.e. this is a kind of a wireless file server. The device makes possible to unite WLAN and bluetooth.

An interesting solution for local networks based on the bluetooth and named Blue2Space was shown by French developers. You can definitely get rid of cables and work within 300 to 1300 m from repeaters; and you can place them everywhere in the building which enlarges the square of the network. It's possible to use in this network not only devices supporting this technologies, but, for example, an IP phone. The photo shows a prototype of the device.

Trium showed the whole model row, but there was only one new - Model 110. This is an entry-level device with an unusual game engine which allows downloading new games and increasing the number of levels of the integrated ones. One of the installed games is chess, you can play it by SMS with others. The phone also supports EMS.

Below you can see a prototype of a phone for the GPRS networks.

And here is a prototype which demonstrates capabilities of creating a 3D image on the phone's screen.

Another device that attracted my attention was a video phone. It's possible that such stuff will become widespread very soon - within 10 years.

Here is a variant of a communicator for sportsmen which is to be worn on the arm.

Well, this is what I was able to see in the first half of the second day. In Part 3 we will finish speaking about telecommunications and then I'm going to turn to computer halls.

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