MWC 2008: Nokia

Market leaders Nokia were naturally among the key news makers at the Mobile World Congress (formerly known as 3GSM). The Finnish company revealed four new high-end devices today, including the dual slider Nokia N96, Nokia N78, Nokia 6210 Navigator and Nokia 6220 classic.

Nokia N96
Nokia N96 is a quad-band handset with dual-band HSDPA support for worldwide coverage. It runs on S60 3rd edition, FP2 and has a 2.8″ QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT display with 16M colors. Other features of this true powerhouse include GPS with A-GPS support and geo-tagging for photos, Wi-Fi, the stunning 16GB of onboard memory, plus a microSD slot. If that feature pack doesn’t grab your attention, hardly anything will.
Nokia N96 has a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and powerful dual LED flash. It also records video in VGA resolution at 30 fps.The connectivity set sports Wi-Fi b/g with UPnP support, microUSB v2.0, DVB-H class C, a 3.5mm stereo headphone plug and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP stereo audio.

Nokia N78
Another very interesting handset joining the Nseries, Nokia N78 comes in the bar form factor. Both Nokia N96 and N78 have a few design elements in common, starting with the underlying resemblance to Nokia N81. This means that they will see little appreciation among the GSMArena team, as we aren’t the greatest fans of that design, to say the least.
Nokia N78 is a quad-band phone with dual-band HSDPA support. The novelties are geotagging and the integrated FM transmitter, allowing music to be played on any FM radio. Also to mention is the multimedia menu with Navi wheel.
Nokia N78 also uses S60 3rd edition, FP2 and has a 2.4″ QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT display with 16M colors. Nokia N78 offers A-GPS support, Wi-Fi, 70MB on-board memory, expandable via microSD.
Nokia N78 has a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics. It also records video in VGA resolution at 15fps but is still capable of playing VGA video clips at 30 fps.

Some more Nokia N78 live photos
The connectivity options include Wi-Fi b/g with UPnP, microUSB v2.0, a 3.5mm stereo headphone plug and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP stereo audio. Another especially interesting feature is the built-in FM transmitter that allows you to enjoy the music stored in your device on any FM radio.

MWC 2008: Mobile TV Services at Reduced Costs from Orange and T-Mobile

Orange and T-Mobile UK announced, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, their intention to try a new mobile TV and multimedia broadcast service using a UMTS MBMS based TDtv solution from NextWave Wireless, a mobile/multimedia products and technology provider. The service pilot is planned for the second half of 2008 and will involve consumers living or working in West London.

It will demonstrate that the costs of offering high-quality, mass market mobile TV and multimedia broadcast services can be considerably reduced if mobile operators share a standards-based TDtv broadcast network and broadly-available unpaired 3G spectrum. The pilot will also showcase an ingenious consortium model that can be conveniently replicated by mobile operators in over 50 other countries.

During the pilot (that lasts for six months), T-Mobile and Orange subscribers will use TDtv-enabled WCDMA mobile phones to receive different high-resolution television channels (up to 24) as well as 10 digital radio stations, all for a significantly lower delivery cost than ever before. The pilot service will include important broadcast and premium television channels and should prove that there is a customer demand for mobile broadcast TV and radio services.

Network operators from both Europe and Asia Pacific that own unpaired UMTS spectrum, as well as handset producers who can make TDtv a standard feature in their phones, will be invited to observe the future pilot.

“Orange was the first UK network operator to introduce a mobile TV service in May 2005, and is continually looking for unique insights and innovative content to ensure that Orange Mobile TV continues to grow and develop in a way that offers the best available standard of service for our customers,” said Paul Jevons, Product and Innovation Director at Orange. “The results from the technical trial of TDtv in Bristol last year were extremely encouraging, and this joint pilot of the service in London is an excellent opportunity for us to properly explore the great potential available to our customers from the technology. Orange Mobile TV already offers a broad range of content including the major terrestrial channels BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as Sky and most recently Setanta allowing Orange mobile TV customers to see live coverage of every televised match from the Barclays Premier League.”

“We are committed to widening the appeal of our Mobile TV offering, from the point of view content and user experience,” said T-Mobile UK Technical Director, Emin Gurdenli. “Last year, we revamped our offering with the addition of three Sky Mobile TV packages and eight BBC TV and radio channels to provide customers with more choice. On a technical level, our involvement with this TDtv pilot is intended to raise awareness of the potential of broadcast mobile TV and help stimulate the development of an industry-wide ecosystem in which operators, handset manufacturers and content providers collaborate to realize a robust commercial proposition. TDtv uses part of the licensed 3G spectrum which is unused at the moment and is a technology that can scale to support high simultaneous usage levels without any degradation in quality. This solution would be ideal for broadcasting live, large sporting events such as the 2012 Olympic Games to high population densities.”

The mobile TV pilot will be powered by a full NextWave Wireless mobile broadcast solution that includes TDtv network infrastructure based on the 3GPP UMTS TDD MBMS standard. Moreover, NextWave will provide a TDtv Device Integration Pack (enabling handset vendors to easily add TDtv to any multimedia enabled WCDMA phone) and a complete Electronics Programming Guide to integrate the TDtv service with the operators’ 3G services.

“We are rapidly moving into a new and exciting wireless era, the era of mobile multimedia where your favorite movies, television shows, and music will be accessible everywhere you go, in the palm of your hand. It’s why we developed our innovative TDtv mobile broadcast solution,” said Allen Salmasi, CEO of NextWave Wireless. “We believe today’s announcement of a joint TDtv initiative by two of the world’s largest mobile network operators represents an important milestone in the evolution of mobile multimedia and will clearly demonstrate the compelling economics of marrying our innovative TDtv technology with underutilized 3G spectrum to deliver high-quality mobile television services to the mass market.”

The MWC 2008 – Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1

Considering Sony Ericsson’s history with Symbian, and the UIQ interface, it is sure they surprised us with the announcement of the new XPERIA X1. The X-series device is Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone with high-end functionality. It is the first of the brand to use this operating system, but will most probably the start of a line of such devices. Unlike Cyber-shot and Walkman series, the XPERIA is a name that is not coming from Sony, but is a brand of the phone manufacturer (Sony Ericsson) only. XPERIA stands for ‘ultimate user experience’ and will consists of PREMIUM converged devices, not ones targeted to only camera, music, etc.

The phone is scheduled for release in the second half of the year, and the units that were showcased are prototypes, which were kept away from the press. We were able only to take pictures and (don’t tell anyone) hold it only for a second. However, there were a few things that were shown: the design of the device itself, and a part of its personalization. Although its specifications are top-notch, the design is stylish: it will be available in two color variants, brushed aluminum and piano black. The few keys below the huge display are with triangular form, reminding of the PRISM Nokia phones and the Z555. The D-pad in the middle reacts to touch; called “Optical joystick” and can be used for scrolling – just sweep your finger from top to bottom or vice verse.

The operating system is Windows Mobile 6 (not 6.1) but it seems that Sony Ericsson will heavily personalized it. Unfortunately, at this stage only a few screens were shown, as the manufacturer is keeping the rest a secret. Once a shortcut is pressed, a menu with what is called ‘panels’ appears. It shows differently personalized environments, suitable for different tastes. The way the icons are scrolled and shown, reminds of the iPhone – everybody nowadays is inspired by the popular phone. These panels offer different interfaces as a whole, however, some menues will remain the standard Windows Mobile.

Similar to many high-end devices with this OS, the XPERIA is a side-opening slider, with QWERTY keyboard. However, it has ‘arc slider design’, which situates the display at a slight angle and according to Sony Ericsson leaves more space for the QWERTY keyboard.
As we said earlier, we were not really able to use the phone, so our impressions are limited. However, the features on paper look very nice: quad-band GSM and quad-band UMTS/HSDPA, 3-inch 480×800 pixels display, 3.2-megapixel camera, and all the bells and whistles of the WM6 Pro OS. Untypically for the manufacturer, the phone doesn’t use the proprietary connector (but miniUSB) and has standard microSD slot in the place of the M2 one.

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