Cingular 8525 Pocket PC Gets New Features, New Name

AT&T announced today the availability of a re-branded and upgraded version of its popular Cingular 8525 – the AT&T 8525 Pocket PC.The AT&T 8525, powered by the 3G-based AT&T BroadbandConnect network, retains the many features that made it a hit with AT&T wireless customers when launched last year. These include a “slider” QWERTY keyboard, integrated Wi-Fi ( 802.11 b and g), Bluetooth 2.0 and infrared, a 2-megapixel camera and video recorder, Windows Media Player 10 Mobile and support for Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 with Direct Push Technology. Now, the AT&T 8525 also comes with AT&T Push to Talk functionality pre-installed as well as the latest multimedia music and video services from AT&T.To turn downtime into playtime, the AT&T 8525 provides access to AT&T Mobile Music. With AT&T Mobile Music, AT&T 8525 users can connect to a one-stop shop for everything music on the handset, such as full-track songs, music videos, ringtones, music news, MusicID, music chat rooms, streaming music and more. The 8525 will also feature AT&T’s on-demand streaming video service, Cellular Video. Customers can watch a large selection of video clips of their favorite television shows, sports, news and weather, entertainment and premium content, including such hit HBO programs as “The Sopranos,” “Entourage,” “Sex and the City,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and exclusive mobile content from World Wrestling Entertainment.”via

Pantech Launches Dual LCD Sliding Phone IM R200

“Pantech Group, the leading Korean handset manufacturer, today has announced the launch of the IM-R200 handset, the latest dual-LCD sliding phone equipped with an OLED touch-sensitive screen. Separated from its main LCD display, the new phone does away with the standard keypad in favor of a brand-new LCD-typed keypad. When sliding up, the virtual keypad shows up on the LCD that is touch-sensitive, allowing users to dial numbers and view contacts with a stroke of a finger. Chang Jin Park, Head of the Domestic Marketing Division, Pantech Group, said, “We are excited to launch an innovative touch screen slider, which is different from other touch screen phones on the market. By incorporating the touch screen keypad into a sliding form factor, the IM-R200 will help customers to embrace the touch screen as one of the major input technologies, while providing novel fun of using the touch-sensitive keypad.Its touch keypad offers a fun and easy way to use its multimedia applications with separate and virtual interfaces for each function. For example, the touch sensitive LCD displays various lists of songs when the phone is used as a music player, while it shows camera functions when used as a camera. The dual camera – a 2 mega-pixel camera and a VGA camera – mounted on the IM-R200 features face recognition function; it can recognize the shape of a face and automatically adjust it for the best look when shooting. Other highlights include a 2.0-inch QVGA LCD with 260,000 colors for main display, a 1.6-inch OLED LCD with 260,000 colors for its keypad and 128 polyphonic ringtones. Also it has document viewer functionality, enabling users to scroll through the documents. The IM-R200 will be launched in Korea this month under the SKY brand and will be supplied to SK Telecom and KTF, two of the top three wireless operators in Korea.”via