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New devices of October 2005. Russian market of mobile phones
Due to the problems with the Russian customs, some of the models planned earlier were postponed. The political factor turned out to be determining, and ready models were put off, while prices for innovations were set randomly. A vivid example is Motorola C390, which price reached 200 USD. So, let's have a look at the phone market in October and try to evaluate the participants.
Totally new models - 26
How it looks. The structure of this material is extremely plain, the manufacturers are sorted in alphabetic order so that you could fast switch to the company interesting to you, just using the list on the top of the page. While describing a model, we give approximate price for the appearance time and the price after the first interest to a new device falls. One more parameter is the mark of the model. I'd like to stress specially - that is a subjective mark, which we form considering our idea of the new model, manufacturing company, invested or not invested in promotion sums. The mark can contain the following scale:
Besides evaluating the model's attraction, we will also provide the closest rivals for you to understand who it will compete with on the market.
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Alcatel OneTouch E256
This clamshell has a set of indicators onboard, which show the presence of a network signal and incoming message. This solution is quite original and often replaces external screens. The dimensions form 83x43x22 mm, the weight is 85 g. The display integrated in cSTN with the resolution of 102x80 pixels, 4096 colours are shown. Its battery is 650 mAh, which provides about 250 hours of standby time and about 5 hours of talks. This battery is standard for the previous models, which gives about 3 days of work in real networks. The polyphony is 16-tones.
Alcatel OneTouch C551/C552
The C551/C552 came to replace a couple of Alcatel 556/557 in the middle segment. The models have 32-tones polyphony, and support only AAC standard, not mp3. Integrated screen has the resolution of 128x160 pixels and is capable of 65K colours (STN). In its class this type of the screen is not bad; the colours are quite vivid and good-looking. This is a middle class model equipped with a VGA camera, landscape shooting; records video (can be assigned to a user's name). Phone memory forms 3MB and IrDA is present.
This is a low-end variant for pupils and corporate workers (couriers, drivers and so on). The characteristics completely coincide with Alcatel E157, but that phone has a pseudocolour screen, but here it shows 4096 colours. Only the price can attract in this device, however, may и the appearance also. No peculiarities.
Elle by Alcatel/ Alcatel C652 version
The company of Alcatel acted as a phone maker for a French magazine Elle, and the goal was to create glamour model. The result was a version of C652 for Elle different both in colour solutions (red and black) and design elements, headbands and so on. You shouldn't expect excessive functionality of the phone, since that is a designers' project, and the appearance takes the lion's share of the price. Elle fans will be interested in it by definition, and others should have a close look before buying.
Official sales of Haier phones will start in October (in Russia the company is known for PEN series models). The V280 represents a candybar with a cSTN screen and the resolution of 128x160 pixels, which is capable of 65K colours. Besides, the phone is equipped with a 1.3 MP camera, internal memory bank forms 2MB, and you can't expand it. The dimensions are 109x43.9x14.4, it weighs 80 g.
This is a clamshell with a single cSTN display and resolution of 128x160 pixels, which is capable of 65K colours. It will be possible to meet the handset in three designer solutions for the body. Also MP3 support and 8MB of internal memory should be mentioned. Also you can't increase it.
The PEN-series model standing out for unique pen-like design. This handset is equipped with a colour TFT display with the resolution of 128x64 pixels capable of 65K colours. Besides, the model provides an integrated VGA camera, and can work as a dictaphone (a record duration reaches 90 minutes). This device has 3MB of integrated memory onboard. The dimensions are small - 150x27x18.2 mm, and the weight forms 65g.
This is a renewal for Motorola E398, standing out for the body colour and new version of software. In looks it resembles the ROKR E1, but a special iTunes player is absent, and that is why there is no button for launching it.
Let me introduce a low-end model with a monochrome display. That is the first to support demo mode without a SIM-card. It stands out for better call quality; the company claims it is comparable with mp3 melodies. This model renews Nokia 1100 and continues the traditions of this device. This is a logical development without extreme innovations.
Now we see a low-end model with w customary STN screen, which is the first to use a new menu organization, which will be used in cheap Nokia's phones. The handset stands out for long battery life, which exceeds the one usual for such phones. Problem points include the back cover, which is made of thin plastic.
This model differs from Nokia 2650 in slightly changed body design and colour solutions, no other principal differences. It is interesting as a low-end clamshell with internal antenna; in this parameter no rivals are present.
This cheap clamshell model even has no external display, but possesses an external antenna. That is an assortment offer with too high price. In fact, it has no eminent or noticeable traits.
This smartphone logically continues the Nokia 6630/6680 line, but is equipped with 2 MP camera, FM-radio and renewed interface. The device is one o the strongest Nokia's solutions in this segment, also one of the best smartphones on the market.
In September the company of Pantech introduced its Slim series. It consists of four models - PG-1400, PG-1500, PG-3500 and PG-3600. And in October two younger models will come on sale.
Pantech PG-1500 is the least functional Slim-series model, however, despite this fact, it remains still interesting. The device is a clamshell with one cSTN screen capable of 65K colours. And indeed, the phone is small - 91x43.6x16.45 mm, and weighs 75g. And the most interesting fact is a Motorola V3 RAZR-like keypad.
Now we introduce one more Slim series model, which is a candybar in contrast to the PG-1500. The main difference from the 1500 is the presence of a VGA camera and FM-radio. Also the device has small size of 103x42.5x12.8 mm, and weighs 80g.
Philips Xenium 9@9i
This is a clamshell by Philips with two displays. Its external screen is OLED with the resolution of 80x48 pixels, and internal one is UFB capable of 65K colours with the resolution of 128x160 pixels. Besides, the device features a 1.3MP camera, IrDA and voice dial and control functions. The internal memory bank reaches 20 MB. But the most interesting fact is at average load this phone lasts for about 10 days..
Now we speak about the line leader, which offers a 2MP camera, expansion slot for memory a new screen with higher resolution. This device is one of the most interesting sliders, and one of the first phones supporting Bluetooth stereoheadphones. That is a very interesting solution.
Let me introduce one of the first company's Symbian smartphone. Technically, the model belongs to the previous generation of Nokia Series 60 smartphones, no eminent technical characteristics. Its slider form-factor distinguishes the handset against a background of other smartphones, and smartphones in such a form-factor are absent on the market. This model has a good 1.3 MP camera.
In fact, the model is a copy of Samsung D720 in a clamshell form-factor. Technically it also belongs to the previous generation of smartphones, equipped with s small screen, but stands out for size and weight (now the smallest smartphone). A good 1.3 MP camera is onboard.
A low-end clamshell with no external screen and a large internal one. This is a typical low-end solution by Samsung, and as a result, not optimal I price/quality ratio. However, customers like company's clamshells, which raises high demand.
Resembling a business device in looks, it really is a youth phone with FM-radio, mp3 player, EDGE. Traditionally perfect screen quality and polyphony combined with strict design make the phone extremely interesting. Rivals lose if not in functions, then in assembly quality.
This is a business model, which leads the line. It stands out for an old screen with low resolution but good behaviour in the sun. Really, not many differences distinguish it from younger models, which hardens positioning of the handset. Obviously, the model loses to similar products by other makers.
Being a clamshell, this handset is designed specially for women however, the appearance do not point it. The device supports Bluetooth, a standard function kit and expanded capabilities of synchronizing with PC. It takes intermediate position between current women models, wins over Siemens CL75, however, in functionality loses to Samsung E530.
The form factor or this model is Rotator or Jack Knife; this is the second version of the Walkman series. It stands out for the presence of 256 MB of memory used for storing music. Good headphones are included into the kit as well as special software for converting musical disks. Besides musical component, the direction of the device includes game playing, it has special game keys. Having no copies for the moment, this model is interesting as a youth solution.
This is a 3MP cameraphone with autofocus. The device a double-display clamshell, the upper part is rotary - this is necessary for more comfort in a camera mode. Besides, integrated Bluetooth module is present, as well as miniSD card slot and miniUSB. From 128 MB of internal memory a user can access about 44 MB. Also MP3 player and a capability to install MP3 melodies as a call signal are present. The phone can work as a USB-drive without any drivers necessary.
Published - 13 October 2005
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