Before Christmas DoCoMo unveiled the 900 series of FOMA handsets. What wasn't clear is the fact one of these phones (from Fujitsu) runs the Symbian OS. This follows on from the F2102V and F2051.
The phone has a 1.28 megapixel camera, a sweep finger print sensor to control access to the phone and PC connectivity. The phone supports the miniSD memory card format and has two LCD's (one to be used in flip closed mode). The phone's browser includes a Flash Player (files upto 100k). The new phone will also handle richer, more sophisticated online games thanks to Java -based i-appli applications.
Like all FOMA phones the battery life isn't great, but it does seem to be an improvement on earlier models.
This Symbian phone will only be available in Japan on the FOMA network. Its likely that like previous FOMA Symbian handsets we won't hear that much about it beyond its availability. From what little we have heard the reception seems to be generally favourable although very few are aware they are using a phone which has the same core OS as Series 60 and UIQ.
At the same time as announcing the new FOMA phones DoCoMo also announced it would be investing in the development of new handsets based on Symbian and Linux, which indicates this is not the last Symbian phone we'll be seeing on the FOMA network.
The 900 Series from DoCoMo offers several new features in all handsets:
"Deco-mail" : HTML e-mail, which enables email messages to be decorated with photos and animation (downloaded from i-mode menu sites), as well as various backgrounds, fonts and letter colors.
"Chara-den" : Avatar-capable videophone, for transmitting animated cartoon characters ("avatars") to represent the sender's face (instead of live video), during videophone calls. Character expressions can be changed in real time.
"Chaku-motion" : Enables the user to combine video and high-quality music (AAC format) to signal incoming calls.
1) Sweep-type fingerprint sensor for access security.
2) CCD camera with 1.28 mega-pixel effective resolution and 1.23 mega-pixel recorded resolution.
3) Connects to PC via optional USB cable to synchronize data such as schedulers and phone books.
Height x width x thickness (folded): 106 x 50 x 26 mm
Weight 120 grams
Continuous Stand-by Time: 300 hours (dynamic)
Continuous Talk Time: 140 minutes
Continuous Video Calling: 90 minutes
Main LCD: 2.2 inches; 262,144 colors; QVGA; TFT
Sub LCD: 1.0 inch; 4 colors, Organic EL LCD
External Memory Device
miniSD™ Memory Card
Effective resolution: 1.28 mega pixels
Recorded resolution: 1.23 mega pixels
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