Telus Mobility has announced the first 1.3 megapixel camera in Canada. I know its only 1.3 megapixels, but Canada is always behind the game. The PM-8920 flip phone features tri mode CDMA operation, voice activated dialing, 2-way speakerphone, and dual colour LCD screens.
The same phone has been available to Sprint PCS customers in the USA since June and is now priced at $99 USD.
See press release below.
TELUS Mobility expands picture messaging lineup with highest-resolution camera phone
Audiovox 8920 “King Kam” is the first 1.3 megapixel camera phone available in Canada
TELUS Mobility today announced the Audiovox 8920 King Kam, Canada’s first 1.3 megapixel camera phone and the latest exclusive model that allows TELUS Mobility clients to snap, save and send their digital pictures instantly to colleagues, friends and family.
With resolution of 1.3 megapixels – four times higher than the current camera phone standard of 300 kilopixels – the King Kam captures the highest-quality images of any camera phone now available. Housed in a sleek silver and black clamshell design, the King Kam also features a built-in flash, dual full-colour displays and an integrated speakerphone.
“With its high-resolution imaging and other powerful features, the King Kam further extends TELUS Mobility’s lead in the picture messaging sector,” said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS Mobility’s Vice President of Products and Services. “TELUS Mobility now offers a broad selection of camera phones at a variety of price points, all of them backed up by our powerful and popular picture messaging service.”
TELUS Mobility’s picture messaging service allows clients to send their photos instantly to any e-mail address around the world, even adding text messages or voice or sound files to their snapshots. Clients can also instantly save their photos to their own online photo albums at mytelusmobility.com, where they can edit or print them, or send them directly to major photo finishing retailers.
Camera phones already outsell digital cameras worldwide and Tony Henning, managing editor of Mobile Imaging Report (mobileimagingreport.com), expects the margin to grow substantially in 2005: “We estimate 250 million camera phones will be sold next year, compared to just 67 million digital cameras. Enhanced, high-resolution camera phones such as the new King Kam are certain to fuel that booming growth rate – which will see nine out of 10 digital images taken by consumers captured with camera phones in 2005.”
In addition to the King Kam, which is available for $229.99 on a 3-year contract, TELUS Mobility’s camera phone lineup now includes:
The Samsung A670: Built-in flash, 4X zoom and dual colour displays ($179.99 with a 3-year contract)
The Samsung A600: Rotating lens, built-in flash and 4X zoom ($249.99 with a 3-year contract)
The LG 5450: Affordable camera phone with colour display ($99.99 on a 3-year contract)
The Samsung SPHi700: Personal digital assistant (PDA) with rotating lens, extra-large colour screen and integrated speakerphone ($899.99 on a 3-year contract)