Kyocera unveils MPEG-4 camera phone and more

Kyocera unveils MPEG-4 camera phone and more


Four new CDMA 1X handsets were unveiled this week by Kyocera Wireless. One of which is their first megapixel camera phone with MPEG-4 recording and playback support, the Koi.

Kyocera’s new Koi is a 1.2 megapixel clamshell phone with a revolving “swivel” design. Instead of flipping it open like most clamshells, the Koi slides open or closed by simply swiveling it from left to right. An interesting change from Samsung’s SGH-D410 or Siemen’s SL55 slider phones. Expected to hit store shelves in Q3 of 2004, the Koi will run you around $250 and feature a built-in flash, 5x digital zoom and the best of all, MPEG-4 video recording and playback on a vivid large 262,000-colour external display. Unfortunately it is limited to the 16MB of onboard memory, and no supported expansion slots but you can choose a satin silver/metallic granite and indigo blue/satin silver finish.

The KX440 is Kyocera’s second push-to-talk (PTT) handset that offers a rugged design with features that will appeal to a wide range of wireless users at an affordable price. Several PTT platforms are supported, including Togabi’s PacketChat, Qualcomm’s BREWChat, and Kodiak’s Real-Time Exchange (RTX). A dedicated speakerphone is integrated and can be activated by the single-button PTT functionality based on the Phantom (KX414) design.

“Our 2004 handset line-up represents the company’s commitment to providing the latest technology in feature-rich mobile devices that are extremely intuitive and easy to use,” said Tsuyoshi Mano, president, Kyocera Wireless Corp. “Our wide range of handsets — from ruggedized push-to-talk to high-end imaging — offer a multitude of options for our carrier partners and appeal to a wide range of wireless users. Our ability to refresh designs and features of proven phone platforms also allows carriers to offer lower-cost options and gives consumers a wide range of personalization options.”

A partnership with BMW Group Designworks USA was made with Kyocera. The plan was to design a stylish clamshell handset with a unique design, the result, the KX1 EDGE phone. Featuring interchangeable faceplates, the KX1 has an external caller ID display, 65,000 colour internal display, predictive text input for rapid text entry (in English, Spanish and Portuguese), and speakerphone.

The new Kyocera Aktiv is a sporty durable handset with active colouring and rubberized texturing. The Pulse features a unique keypad design and user-changeable faceplates.

The Koi and KX440 are expected to launch in Q2 of 2004, the KX1 will be available in Q3.