Multimedia handsets, seeming so common in the West, are sure to be the standard in China within the next few years, according to a report released by Research and Markets.
The increase in functionality is the latest step in a rapid increase in technology; Chord tones updated monotones in ring tones in 2001-2002, LCD goes color over black-and-white in 2002-2003, Cameras join the handset’s offering in 2003-2004, MP3 players become involved as part of a handset in 2005-2006.
Video functionality is the latest and greatest addition, promising picture-taking and -viewing in a video form, not only static. DV, MP4 and even stream media are likely options.
And as technology becomes more widely available, price comes down for handsets across the spectrum, including higher-end offerings. China, already the world’s largest handset market by users, is also considered to be one of the world’s fastest-growing markets and figures to reap the benefits of such technological and cost-ratio changes.
The result, according to the report, is likely to be that a handset user in China who can use his or her device to take a picture, watch a TV show or movie, listen to music, program ring tones based on multiple-chord progressions, and make and receive phone calls will be a common sight across the country.