Sendo Describes First Symbian Phone

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Sendo has provided details of its first smart phone, the Sendo X, which uses Symbian's operating system and Series 60 software from Nokia.

"We are currently testing the phone with a number of operators and will begin shipping it before the end of the year," says Marijke van Hooren, a Sendo spokesperson.

Van Hooren declines to provide pricing information, saying carriers will set their own prices and these are likely to vary.

Phone Specs

Sendo, which relies largely on minority-stake holder CCT Telecom Holdings of China to manufacture its phones, designs and sells unbranded mobile phones to operators such as KPN Mobile NV and Vodafone Group, according to the spokesperson.

The Sendo X smart phone, which weighs 4.2 ounces, includes a 176-by-220-pixel TFT display with up to 65,536 colors and an integrated VGA still/video camera with flash. Other software features include Java 2 Micro Edition, the RealNetworks RealOne Player with H.263, MPEG4, and RealVideo formats so users can watch film clips, music videos, or news.

As for connectivity, the tri-band Sendo X supports all three Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) frequency bands used worldwide, in addition to General Packet Radio Service (GPRS). Bluetooth, USB, and infrared interfaces are also included.

The phone is compatible with Symbian and Series 60 applications. It has 64MB of flash memory of which around 32MB are available to users. Users can expand the memory with MMC and SD cards.

Optional accessories include a pocket-size keyboard that unfolds to offer a full QWERTY keyboard and a Bluetooth headset.

Partners Turn Litigious

Sendo X replaces an earlier smart phone, which the company developed jointly with Microsoft based on the software giant's Windows Mobile software for Smartphones, but never delivered.

In November, Sendo dropped Microsoft for Symbian and Nokia after British mobile phone operator Orange launched a smart phone based on Microsoft's software but made by Taiwan's High Tech Computer.

In December Sendo sued Microsoft, charging the software maker had a secret plan to plunder the U.K. smart phone maker and obtain technology necessary to enter and ultimately dominate the market created by the convergence of mobile phones and computers.

Microsoft filed a countersuit against Sendo in February, charging that Sendo "diverted human and financial resources from its work on the Microsoft Smartphone to design and develop a rival smart phone, the Nokia Series 60."

The companies remain in litigation, van Hooren says.

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