Pantech Gives Cell Phones a New Twist

New handsets have rotating, sliding displays that turn the phone into
a T shape.

Paul Kallender, IDG News Service
Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Pantech of South Korea plans to change the shape of mobile phones from
June. That's when it will start selling two mobile phones that slide
open--with a twist, the company says.

To differentiate their products in a crowded market, mobile phone
makers are increasingly turning to design as well as cramming new
features into their phones. For example, designers have been
supplementing the popular candy bar and clamshell form factors with
newer styles such as sliders and twisters, form factors that Pantech
has now combined.

The PT-S110 and PT-K110 phones have portrait-format 2-inch color
screens with a resolution of 320 pixels by 240 pixels, which slide up
to reveal the keypad. The displays can then be twisted through 90
degrees, turning them into a landscape format and giving the phones a
T-shape, the company says.

Additional Features

Both models include a music player that can play MP3 audio files,
while the PT-K1100 also has an FM transmitter.

Each has a 2-megapixel camera with autofocus and built-in flash. The
PT-S110's camera contains a CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide
Semiconductor) image sensor, while the PT-K1100's uses a CCD
(charge-coupled device).

Other features in both models include an electronic dictionary, a
text-to-speech function, and an optical character recognition (OCR)
scanner function. The standby and talk times are also the same for
both models at 132 hours and 160 minutes respectively.

Both models will retail for around $500 and will only be on sale in
South Korea, the company says.,00.asp

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