CommunicAsia 2006 - Part 1

CommunicAsia 2006 and Sony Ericsson's Booth

CommunicAsia 2006

The annual mobile phone frenzy period in the guise of CommunicAsia 2006 is here again! Held at the Singapore Expo, major brands have converged under one roof to showcase their new and upcoming handsets that would be launched from now through the end of the year. In our coverage, expect a big change in the mobile phone paradigm with WiMax/WiBro capabilities, mobile TV, VoIP and more PDA phones with Push email and office productivity suite support. Some of the phones showcased have reached a new degree of portability, thanks to their slimmer profiles. Will Motorola's SLVR slim candy bar phone finally meet its match? You'll know soon enough.

This year also sees Korean phone manufacturers such as Samsung and LG setting new precedents at the show floor with more than five interesting ('World's first' debut) phone announcements. On the other hand, phone manufacturers such as Motorola and Nokia are releasing more CDMA-based and entry-level phones for emerging markets like India and Indonesia. Surprisingly, little was seen of their high-end mobile phone solutions at CommunicAsia 2006.

Sadly, BenQ-Siemens, Panasonic (now focusing on the Japanese market with FOMA phones) and Philips didn't participate this year. Still, there was a lot else happening at the show floor and here's the first part of our coverage starting off with Sony Ericsson and its parent company Ericsson to see what they have to offer:-

Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson has already announced its line-up just prior to CommunicAsia 2006, which leans towards photography and music lovers. With that segment taken care of, today they released their new business mobile phone, the M600, whose star feature is the touch screen interface.

Sony Ericsson's booth had a lot of upcoming phones to showcase. Most of the phones were in working condition. Some were even announced as early as the beginning of this year. It's interesting that the Osborne Effect hasn't hit them yet as they keep pumping out new models that won't be out for a long while.

Announced earlier, the upcoming K790 and K800 will be branded together with Sony's digital camera "Cybershot" because of its excellent photo capabilities - a 3.2-megapixel sensor.

The first slider phone from Sony Ericsson, the WALKMAN W850, will be released in the third quarter with a number of interesting features. Be sure to check out our very own First Looks of the SE W850 <a href="/product-guide/view/70619/review/70628">here</a>.

The W950 looks like the newly released M600. The notable feature of this phone is its touch sensitive display and 4GB of solid-state memory for all music and photo storage needs.

Just announced, the K610im is the first i-mode phone offering from Sony Ericsson.

The new, smaller Bluetooth car kit, HCB-100, is a portable speaker device with voice recognition. Besides using it in the car, you can carry it anywhere to do voice conferencing too.

Ericsson showcased video-on-demand and how they can control its services with just a mobile phone.

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