Panasonic Unveils International 3G Cell Phone

Panasonic Mobile Communications is unveiling its first Wideband Code Division Multiple Access cell phone for the international market, the company says.

A prototype of the handset, called the Z800, was on show at the PT/Expo Comm China 2004 telecommunications exhibition in Beijing, according to a company statement. Launch plans for the handset were not announced.

Panasonic Mobile Communications, a subsidiary of Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial, has been producing WCDMA handsets for the Japanese domestic market since NTT DoCoMo launched its 3G service in 2001. Panasonic was one of two handset makers to initially offer cell phones for the service, and the Z800 resembles stylewise its Japan launch model, the P2101V. Panasonic has subsequently developed three further WCDMA handsets and two PC Card data modems for NTT DoCoMo's service.

The Z800 draws on this technology base, the company said.

Phone Features

The handset is a clamshell-style cell phone that supports WCDMA and tri-band Global System for Mobile Communications and General Packet Radio Service. It includes a browser compatible with Wireless Application Protocol version 2.0, Java support, and software for e-mail, Short Message Service and Multimedia Message Service.

The main display is a color thin film transistor LCD with 176-by-220-pixel resolution, and the subdisplay on the outside of the body is a color LCD with 64-by-96-pixel resolution. There are two cameras, an outer one with 1.3-megapixel resolution and an inner one with 110,000-pixel resolution. The phone also has Bluetooth, USB 2.0, and IrDA infrared ports and supports MiniSD memory cards.

It measures 3.8 inches by 2 inches by 1 inch and weighs 4 ounces.

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