Review of the main events of the past week (Week 08)

The 3GSM World 2006 Congress is over, the Winter Olympics in Turin is over. But, like athletes who do not take a break for training, the mobile communications market participants did not take a break for announcements - it's not only the usual "arms race", but also the CeBit 2006 exhibition hanging on the nose, which will be held from March 9 to 15 this year. of the year. And if CES is held on another continent, and 3GSM is aimed at professionals, then CeBIT is considered to be a consumer exhibition, and traditionally takes place in the heart of Europe, in the German city of Hannover. Several important conclusions follow from the above facts: firstly, manufacturers will focus on GSM/UMTS solutions close to Europe; secondly, the emphasis will be on those products that are planned to be brought to the market in the very near future, so that the visitor, impressed by the exhibition (or materials from the exhibition), can buy the gadget he likes.

Thus, Mio Technology has already revealed its plans for the upcoming CeBIT exhibition. The company is going to demonstrate a range of GPS devices there.

The Mio C710 and Mio C510E are dedicated GPS navigators. In appearance and basic characteristics, they are similar. Both work under the Windows CE .Net 4.2 operating system, are equipped with microphones, and support the Bluetooth interface. The Mio C710 has more TeleAtlas digital maps of Europe, as well as support for TMC functions that allow you to track the situation on the roads.

Mio C210 is positioned as a simple navigator without unnecessary bells and whistles. It does not have support for features such as Bluetooth or TMC. It also runs on Windows CE .Net 4.2. The C210 has a TeleAtlas digital map of one European region installed in its memory.

The Mio H610 adds enhanced multimedia functionality. Among other things, its battery lasts for 17 hours of continuous playback of MP3 music. A large number of European TeleAtlas maps are also installed in memory.

Mio P550 is no longer just a navigator, but also a pocket computer. It runs on a 400 MHz processor, is controlled by the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, has a Bluetooth interface and supports Wi-Fi wireless networks, which allows it to be used for Internet telephony. There is a slot for SD and MMC memory cards.

In addition, the long awaited Mio A701 GPS smartphone will be unveiled. Recall that it is powered by an Intel processor with a clock frequency of 520 MHz, controlled by Windows Mobile 5.0. In addition, there is a slot for SD and MMC memory cards, a 1.3-megapixel camera and a Bluetooth interface.

The interest of PDA manufacturers in the topic of GPS navigation is not accidental - only a lazy analyst does not predict the imminent oblivion of "pure" (ie without additional modules) PDAs. And if it is not so easy to release a new smartphone model, then adding a GPS module is incomparably easier. In addition, there is a very high sensitivity GPS chipset on the market - Globalsat SiRF Star III. The use of this chipset allows developers of end devices to allow some liberties in the layout and design, which, if using less sensitive GPS circuits, would mean poor suitability of the resulting solutions.

By the way, the Globalsat Technology company mentioned above released last week a watch with a large LCD display and GPS navigation capability. They are intended for users who are fond of sports, sealed and waterproof. In addition, they can be used as a GPS receiver by connecting to other devices via USB. There are two versions of the device - GH-601 and GH-602. The older model is distinguished by the presence of a barometric altimeter and an electronic compass. Both models can also be used in training to record history, set goals, track results, and so on.

GH-601 and GH-602 specifications:

  • Black and white LCD display with a resolution of 80x120 pixels
  • SiRF Star III GPS module
  • miniUSB connector
  • 1600 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Using time in GPS mode is 16 hours
  • Working time with GPS turned off - 70 hours
  • SiRF Star III GPS module
  • Dimensions - 82.5x46x18.5 mm
  • Weight - 72.9 grams

On the eve of CeBit, Qtek announced its plans to release the Qtek S 200 communicator, developed on the basis of the HTC Prophet platform. Communicator should enter the European market in March. The company positions it as the successor to the popular Qtek S 100 model (it is based on the HTC Magician platform).

Qtek S200 runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. It is designed for GSM networks (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), while there is support for the EDGE standard. In addition, wireless networks Wi-Fi (802.11b), Bluetooth 2.0, IrDA and USB interfaces are supported.

The device received a 2.8-inch touchscreen display with the ability to display 65K colors, a 2-megapixel camera, an SD card slot, as well as 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of flash memory. The dimensions are 108x58x18.2 mm, and the weight is 150 grams with the battery.

On the German(!) forum Telefon-Treff, another images and specifications of the forthcoming Sony Ericsson phone have been published - presumably the K800, codenamed Wilma, successor to the popular K750 model. This phone is already so densely overgrown with rumors and "photos" created by some jokers that you begin to be suspicious of all the information about it. Nevertheless, these photos and data look very plausible. Exactly how true they are will probably become clear as early as February 28, next Tuesday, when, according to rumors, the company will hold a press conference at which they will introduce several new mobile phones, including Wilma.

  • Standards - GSM and UMTS
  • 2-inch QVGA (240x320 pixels) display with 262K colors
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Supported audio formats - MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+
  • Supported video formats are 3GPP, MPEG4 and Real
  • 72-voice polyphony
  • 64 MB internal memory
  • Memory Stick Micro media slot
  • Bluetooth, IrDA and USB
  • Dimensions - 106x47x18 mm
  • Weight - 115 grams

There is also a photo with the entire future line of Sony Ericsson products

An unusual laptop was demonstrated by Asus. And if the technical characteristics of the S6 model are rather ordinary, then the appearance will surprise even a sophisticated person - the laptop case is covered with pink leather! Of course, there are also more moderate colors.


S6 features a 12" widescreen display, 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 945 GM chipset, 512MB DDR2 memory, Wi-Fi support, and weighs about 1.45kg. Worth the fun not cheap - about $ 3000. To develop this model, Asus had to patent 25 different technologies.

Certainly, this step by ASUS is an attempt (not the first in the notebook market) to create a premium product. And it's not just about the price: laptops have already become such an everyday thing that not every one of them can be presented as a valuable gift - often the ordinary look of products, even despite the high-quality stuffing, repels potential buyers.

Each note or article on our resource once again confirms that new technologies are becoming more and more integral to our lives. A watch with a USB drive or a jacket with a Bluetooth receiver and speakers is no longer a surprise. With the development of e-paper, the idea of ​​high-tech accessories was able to take it even further. For example, the Duck Image company developed a concept for a new product that would use electronic paper - a regular bag that can change the image on its surface.

As conceived by the developers, the pattern on the bag can be changed using the remote control. Moreover, it can even be highlighted. In this case, electronic paper is used as the main material of the bag. The development is called Chameleon. The bag can be worn both on the shoulder and in the hands. And it will also be possible to give it as a gift (like the “leather” laptop from the previous news) :). Nothing is known about the timing of the implementation of the concept.

An interesting novelty was presented by the American company US Modular. The company offers owners of equipment with slots for MicroSD or T-Flash memory cards to make an Upgrade in the form of buying its Stik & Stor module, which allows you to expand the limitations (512 MB) in the memory capacity of existing MicroSD and T-Flash cards up to 4 GB right now! A product with 8 GB of memory will soon be available.

This product is designed as an external module that connects to a MicroSD or T-Flash memory card slot and is offered by the manufacturer in various colors and memory capacities. Now the owners of numerous mobile phones, to a greater extent, where these memory cards, which are not very popular today, can not greatly limit themselves in the amount of content used, unless of course they purchase Stik & Stor.... p>

LG last week did not announce spring novelties, but announced plans for 2006 as a whole. Thus, in 2006, LG Electronics plans to increase its deliveries to the world market of cell phones by 30%, or at least by 25%. With this growth rate, LG expects to increase its market share as total global shipments are projected to grow by 10% this year to 810 million units. Now the company ranks fourth in the supply of mobile phones with a market share of 6.8%.

Last year, the company's mobile phone shipments grew by 23%, while the overall market increased by 20%, but LG's growth slowed in the second half of the year due to the popularity of Motorola and Sony's RAZR and Walkman models Honda Ericsson.

This year, LG is set to strengthen its position in the low-end handset market, where it and rival Samsung Electronics are poorly represented. According to LG, the lack of popular models in the $30 price category is one of the reasons why both Korean companies lag behind Nokia and Motorola, which together received more than 50% of the market.

The Chinese Ministry of Information Industry, in turn, published statistics on the telecommunications market in China for the entire year 2005. According to official data, the total number of mobile subscribers reached 393.428 million, which is 58.604 million more than in 2004.

At the same time, the number of subscribers to packet-switched data services, including those in the GPRS standard, more than doubled and reached 71.011 million users. This is 44.937 million subscribers more than in 2004.

According to the forecast of the Ministry of Information, the intensive growth of the subscriber base of cellular networks will continue in the future with an average rate of about 3 million subscribers per month. Recall that China is already the largest cellular market in the world.

The Federation Council of the Russian Federation, also concerned about the situation of Russian subscribers of mobile operators, unanimously approved a law providing for the abolition of payment for incoming calls, including to mobile phones. Thus, everything goes to the fact that from July 1 we will really pay nothing for incoming calls to a mobile phone.

An incoming call will be subject to payment if the subscriber is located outside the territory of the subject of the federation, where he was allocated his subscriber number. In addition, a connection made with the help of a telephone operator at the expense of the called subscriber is subject to payment. Analysts predict an inevitable increase in tariffs for mobile communications, because calls from fixed phones bring operators about 15% of all revenue.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 08)

The 3GSM World 2006 Congress is over, the Winter Olympics in Turin is over. But, like athletes who do not take a break for training, the participants of the mobile communications market did not take a break for announcements - it's not only the usual "arms race", but also the CeBit 2006 exhibition hanging on the nose, which will be held from March 9 to 15 this year. of the year. And if CES is held on another continent, and 3GSM is focused on professionals, then CeBIT is already considered a consumer exhibition, and it traditionally takes place in the heart of Europe, in the German city of Hannover. Several important conclusions follow from the above facts: firstly, manufacturers will focus on GSM/UMTS solutions close to Europe; secondly, the emphasis will be on those products that are planned to be brought to the market in the very near future, so that the visitor, impressed by the exhibition (or materials from the exhibition), can buy the gadget he likes.

Thus, Mio Technology has already revealed its plans for the upcoming CeBIT exhibition. The company is going to demonstrate a range of GPS devices on it.

The Mio C710 and Mio C510E are dedicated GPS navigators. In appearance and basic characteristics, they are similar. Both work under the Windows CE .Net 4.2 operating system, are equipped with microphones, and support the Bluetooth interface. The Mio C710 has more TeleAtlas digital maps of Europe, as well as support for TMC functions that allow you to track the situation on the roads.

Mio C210 is positioned as a simple navigator without unnecessary bells and whistles. It does not have support for features such as Bluetooth or TMC. It also runs on Windows CE .Net 4.2. The C210 has a TeleAtlas digital map of one European region installed in its memory.

The Mio H610 adds enhanced multimedia functionality. Among other things, its battery lasts for 17 hours of continuous playback of MP3 music. A large number of European TeleAtlas maps are also installed in memory.

Mio P550 is no longer just a navigator, but also a pocket computer. It runs on a 400 MHz processor, is controlled by the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, has a Bluetooth interface and supports Wi-Fi wireless networks, which allows it to be used for Internet telephony. There is a slot for SD and MMC memory cards.

In addition, the long awaited Mio A701 GPS smartphone will be unveiled. Recall that it is powered by an Intel processor with a clock frequency of 520 MHz, controlled by Windows Mobile 5.0. In addition, there is a slot for SD and MMC memory cards, a 1.3-megapixel camera and a Bluetooth interface.

The interest of PDA manufacturers in the topic of GPS navigation is not accidental - only a lazy analyst does not predict the imminent oblivion of "pure" (ie without additional modules) PDAs. And if it is not so easy to release a new smartphone model, then adding a GPS module is incomparably easier. In addition, there is a very high sensitivity GPS chipset on the market - Globalsat SiRF Star III. The use of this chipset allows developers of end devices to allow some liberties in the layout and design, which, if using less sensitive GPS circuits, would mean poor suitability of the resulting solutions.

By the way, the Globalsat Technology company mentioned above released last week a watch with a large LCD display and GPS navigation capability. They are intended for users who are fond of sports, sealed and waterproof. In addition, they can be used as a GPS receiver by connecting to other devices via USB. There are two versions of the device - GH-601 and GH-602. The older model is distinguished by the presence of a barometric altimeter and an electronic compass. Both models can also be used in training to record history, set goals, track results, and so on.

GH-601 and GH-602 specifications:

  • Black and white LCD display with a resolution of 80x120 pixels
  • SiRF Star III GPS module
  • miniUSB connector
  • 1600 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Using time in GPS mode is 16 hours
  • Working time with GPS turned off - 70 hours
  • SiRF Star III GPS module
  • Dimensions - 82.5x46x18.5 mm
  • Weight - 72.9 grams

On the eve of CeBit, Qtek announced its plans to release the Qtek S 200 communicator, developed on the basis of the HTC Prophet platform. Communicator should enter the European market in March. The company positions it as the successor to the popular Qtek S 100 model (it is based on the HTC Magician platform).

Qtek S200 runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. It is designed for GSM networks (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), while there is support for the EDGE standard. In addition, wireless networks Wi-Fi (802.11b), Bluetooth 2.0, IrDA and USB interfaces are supported.

The device received a 2.8-inch touchscreen display with the ability to display 65K colors, a 2-megapixel camera, an SD card slot, as well as 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of flash memory. The dimensions are 108x58x18.2 mm, and the weight is 150 grams with the battery.

On the German(!) forum Telefon-Treff, another images and specifications of the forthcoming Sony Ericsson phone have been published - presumably the K800, codenamed Wilma, successor to the popular K750 model. This phone is already so densely overgrown with rumors and "photos" created by some jokers that you begin to be suspicious of all the information about it. Nevertheless, these photos and data look very plausible. Exactly how true they are will probably become clear as early as February 28, next Tuesday, when, according to rumors, the company will hold a press conference at which they will introduce several new mobile phones, including Wilma.

  • Standards - GSM and UMTS
  • 2-inch QVGA (240x320 pixels) display with 262K colors
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Supported audio formats - MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+
  • Supported video formats are 3GPP, MPEG4 and Real
  • 72-voice polyphony
  • 64 MB internal memory
  • Memory Stick Micro media slot
  • Bluetooth, IrDA and USB
  • Dimensions - 106x47x18 mm
  • Weight - 115 grams

There is also a photo with the entire future line of Sony Ericsson products

An unusual laptop was demonstrated by Asus. And if the technical characteristics of the S6 model are rather ordinary, then the appearance will surprise even a sophisticated person - the laptop case is covered with pink leather! Of course, there are also more moderate colors.


S6 features a 12" widescreen display, 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 945 GM chipset, 512MB DDR2 memory, Wi-Fi support, and weighs about 1.45kg. Worth the fun not cheap - about $ 3000. To develop this model, Asus had to patent 25 different technologies.

Certainly, this step by ASUS is an attempt (not the first in the notebook market) to create a premium product. And it's not just about the price: laptops have already become such an everyday thing that not every one of them can be presented as a valuable gift - often the ordinary look of products, even despite the high-quality stuffing, repels potential buyers.

Each note or article on our resource once again confirms that new technologies are becoming more and more integral to our lives. A watch with a USB drive or a jacket with a Bluetooth receiver and speakers is no longer a surprise. With the development of e-paper, the idea of ​​high-tech accessories was able to take it even further. For example, the Duck Image company developed a concept for a new product that would use electronic paper - a regular bag that can change the image on its surface.

As conceived by the developers, the pattern on the bag can be changed using the remote control. Moreover, it can even be highlighted. In this case, electronic paper is used as the main material of the bag. The development is called Chameleon. The bag can be worn both on the shoulder and in the hands. And it will also be possible to give it as a gift (like the “leather” laptop from the previous news) :). Nothing is known about the timing of the implementation of the concept.

An interesting novelty was presented by the American company US Modular. The company offers owners of equipment with slots for MicroSD or T-Flash memory cards to make an Upgrade in the form of buying its Stik & Stor module, which allows you to expand the limitations (512 MB) in the memory capacity of existing MicroSD and T-Flash cards up to 4 GB right now! A product with 8 GB of memory will soon be available.

This product is designed as an external module that connects to a MicroSD or T-Flash memory card slot and is offered by the manufacturer in various colors and memory capacities. Now the owners of numerous mobile phones, to a greater extent, where these memory cards, which are not very popular today, can not greatly limit themselves in the amount of content used, unless of course they purchase Stik & Stor.... p>

LG last week did not announce spring novelties, but announced plans for 2006 as a whole. Thus, in 2006, LG Electronics plans to increase its deliveries to the world market of cell phones by 30%, or at least by 25%. With this growth rate, LG expects to increase its market share as total global shipments are projected to grow by 10% this year to 810 million units. Now the company ranks fourth in the supply of mobile phones with a market share of 6.8%.

Last year, the company's mobile phone shipments grew by 23%, while the overall market increased by 20%, but LG's growth slowed in the second half of the year due to the popularity of Motorola and Sony's RAZR and Walkman models Honda Ericsson.

This year, LG is set to strengthen its position in the low-end handset market, where it and rival Samsung Electronics are poorly represented. According to LG, the lack of popular models in the $30 price category is one of the reasons why both Korean companies lag behind Nokia and Motorola, which together received more than 50% of the market.

The Chinese Ministry of Information Industry, in turn, published statistics on the telecommunications market in China for the entire year 2005. According to official data, the total number of mobile subscribers reached 393.428 million, which is 58.604 million more than in 2004.

At the same time, the number of subscribers to packet-switched data services, including those in the GPRS standard, more than doubled and reached 71.011 million users. This is 44.937 million subscribers more than in 2004.

According to the forecast of the Ministry of Information, the intensive growth of the subscriber base of cellular networks will continue in the future with an average rate of about 3 million subscribers per month. Recall that China is already the largest cellular market in the world.

The Federation Council of the Russian Federation, also concerned about the situation of Russian subscribers of mobile operators, unanimously approved a law providing for the abolition of payment for incoming calls, including to mobile phones. Thus, everything goes to the fact that from July 1 we will really pay nothing for incoming calls to a mobile phone.

An incoming call will be subject to payment if the subscriber is located outside the territory of the subject of the federation, where he was allocated his subscriber number. In addition, a connection made with the help of a telephone operator at the expense of the called subscriber is subject to payment. Analysts predict an inevitable increase in tariffs for mobile communications, because calls from fixed phones bring operators about 15% of all revenue.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 08)

The 3GSM World 2006 Congress is over, the Winter Olympics in Turin is over. But, like athletes who do not take a break for training, the mobile communications market participants did not take a break for announcements - it's not only the usual "arms race", but also the CeBit 2006 exhibition hanging on the nose, which will be held from March 9 to 15 this year. of the year. And if CES is held on another continent, and 3GSM is aimed at professionals, then CeBIT is considered to be a consumer exhibition, and traditionally takes place in the heart of Europe, in the German city of Hannover. Several important conclusions follow from the above facts: firstly, manufacturers will focus on GSM/UMTS solutions close to Europe; secondly, the emphasis will be on those products that are planned to be brought to the market in the very near future, so that the visitor, impressed by the exhibition (or materials from the exhibition), can buy the gadget he likes.

Thus, Mio Technology has already revealed its plans for the upcoming CeBIT exhibition. The company is going to demonstrate a range of GPS devices there.

The Mio C710 and Mio C510E are dedicated GPS navigators. In appearance and basic characteristics, they are similar. Both work under the Windows CE .Net 4.2 operating system, are equipped with microphones, and support the Bluetooth interface. The Mio C710 has more TeleAtlas digital maps of Europe, as well as support for TMC functions that allow you to track the situation on the roads.

Mio C210 is positioned as a simple navigator without unnecessary bells and whistles. It does not have support for features such as Bluetooth or TMC. It also runs on Windows CE .Net 4.2. The C210 has a TeleAtlas digital map of one European region installed in its memory.

The Mio H610 adds enhanced multimedia functionality. Among other things, its battery lasts for 17 hours of continuous playback of MP3 music. A large number of European TeleAtlas maps are also installed in memory.

Mio P550 is no longer just a navigator, but also a pocket computer. It runs on a 400 MHz processor, is controlled by the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, has a Bluetooth interface and supports Wi-Fi wireless networks, which allows it to be used for Internet telephony. There is a slot for SD and MMC memory cards.

In addition, the long awaited Mio A701 GPS smartphone will be unveiled. Recall that it is powered by an Intel processor with a clock frequency of 520 MHz, controlled by Windows Mobile 5.0. In addition, there is a slot for SD and MMC memory cards, a 1.3-megapixel camera and a Bluetooth interface.

The interest of PDA manufacturers in the topic of GPS navigation is not accidental - only a lazy analyst does not predict the imminent oblivion of "pure" (ie without additional modules) PDAs. And if it is not so easy to release a new smartphone model, then adding a GPS module is incomparably easier. In addition, there is a very high sensitivity GPS chipset on the market - Globalsat SiRF Star III. The use of this chipset allows developers of end devices to allow some liberties in the layout and design, which, if using less sensitive GPS circuits, would mean poor suitability of the resulting solutions.

By the way, the Globalsat Technology company mentioned above released last week a watch with a large LCD display and GPS navigation capability. They are intended for users who are fond of sports, sealed and waterproof. In addition, they can be used as a GPS receiver by connecting to other devices via USB. There are two versions of the device - GH-601 and GH-602. The older model is distinguished by the presence of a barometric altimeter and an electronic compass. Both models can also be used in training to record history, set goals, track results, and so on.

GH-601 and GH-602 specifications:

  • Black and white LCD display with a resolution of 80x120 pixels
  • SiRF Star III GPS module
  • miniUSB connector
  • 1600 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Using time in GPS mode is 16 hours
  • Working time with GPS turned off - 70 hours
  • SiRF Star III GPS module
  • Dimensions - 82.5x46x18.5 mm
  • Weight - 72.9 grams

On the eve of CeBit, Qtek announced its plans to release the Qtek S 200 communicator, developed on the basis of the HTC Prophet platform. Communicator should enter the European market in March. The company positions it as the successor to the popular Qtek S 100 model (it is based on the HTC Magician platform).

Qtek S200 runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. It is designed for GSM networks (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), while there is support for the EDGE standard. In addition, wireless networks Wi-Fi (802.11b), Bluetooth 2.0, IrDA and USB interfaces are supported.

The device received a 2.8-inch touchscreen display with the ability to display 65K colors, a 2-megapixel camera, an SD card slot, as well as 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of flash memory. The dimensions are 108x58x18.2 mm, and the weight is 150 grams with the battery.

On the German(!) forum Telefon-Treff, another images and specifications of the forthcoming Sony Ericsson phone have been published - presumably the K800, codenamed Wilma, successor to the popular K750 model. This phone is already so densely overgrown with rumors and "photos" created by some jokers that you begin to be suspicious of all the information about it. Nevertheless, these photos and data look very plausible. Exactly how true they are will probably become clear as early as February 28, next Tuesday, when, according to rumors, the company will hold a press conference at which they will introduce several new mobile phones, including Wilma.

  • Standards - GSM and UMTS
  • 2-inch QVGA (240x320 pixels) display with 262K colors
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Supported audio formats - MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+
  • Supported video formats are 3GPP, MPEG4 and Real
  • 72-voice polyphony
  • 64 MB internal memory
  • Memory Stick Micro media slot
  • Bluetooth, IrDA and USB
  • Dimensions - 106x47x18 mm
  • Weight - 115 grams

There is also a photo with the entire future line of Sony Ericsson products

An unusual laptop was demonstrated by Asus. And if the technical characteristics of the S6 model are rather ordinary, then the appearance will surprise even a sophisticated person - the laptop case is covered with pink leather! Of course, there are also more moderate colors.


S6 features a 12" widescreen display, 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 945 GM chipset, 512MB DDR2 memory, Wi-Fi support, and weighs about 1.45kg. Worth the fun not cheap - about $ 3000. To develop this model, Asus had to patent 25 different technologies.

Certainly, this step by ASUS is an attempt (not the first in the notebook market) to create a premium product. And it's not just about the price: laptops have already become such an everyday thing that not every one of them can be presented as a valuable gift - often the ordinary look of products, even despite the high-quality stuffing, repels potential buyers.

Each note or article on our resource once again confirms that new technologies are becoming more and more integral to our lives. A watch with a USB drive or a jacket with a Bluetooth receiver and speakers is no longer a surprise. With the development of e-paper, the idea of ​​high-tech accessories was able to take it even further. For example, the Duck Image company developed a concept for a new product that would use electronic paper - a regular bag that can change the image on its surface.

As conceived by the developers, the pattern on the bag can be changed using the remote control. Moreover, it can even be highlighted. In this case, electronic paper is used as the main material of the bag. The development is called Chameleon. The bag can be worn both on the shoulder and in the hands. And it will also be possible to give it as a gift (like the “leather” laptop from the previous news) :). Nothing is known about the timing of the implementation of the concept.

An interesting novelty was presented by the American company US Modular. The company offers owners of equipment with slots for MicroSD or T-Flash memory cards to make an Upgrade in the form of buying its Stik & Stor module, which allows you to expand the limitations (512 MB) in the memory capacity of existing MicroSD and T-Flash cards up to 4 GB right now! A product with 8 GB of memory will soon be available.

This product is designed as an external module that connects to a MicroSD or T-Flash memory card slot and is offered by the manufacturer in various colors and memory capacities. Now the owners of numerous mobile phones, to a greater extent, where these memory cards, which are not very popular today, can not greatly limit themselves in the amount of content used, unless of course they purchase Stik & Stor.... p>

LG last week did not announce spring novelties, but announced plans for 2006 as a whole. Thus, in 2006, LG Electronics plans to increase its deliveries to the world market of cell phones by 30%, or at least by 25%. With this growth rate, LG expects to increase its market share as total global shipments are projected to grow by 10% this year to 810 million units. Now the company ranks fourth in the supply of mobile phones with a market share of 6.8%.

Last year, the company's mobile phone shipments grew by 23%, while the overall market increased by 20%, but LG's growth slowed in the second half of the year due to the popularity of Motorola and Sony's RAZR and Walkman models Honda Ericsson.

This year, LG is set to strengthen its position in the low-end handset market, where it and rival Samsung Electronics are poorly represented. According to LG, the lack of popular models in the $30 price category is one of the reasons why both Korean companies lag behind Nokia and Motorola, which together received more than 50% of the market.

The Chinese Ministry of Information Industry, in turn, published statistics on the telecommunications market in China for the entire year 2005. According to official data, the total number of mobile subscribers reached 393.428 million, which is 58.604 million more than in 2004.

At the same time, the number of subscribers to packet-switched data services, including those in the GPRS standard, more than doubled and reached 71.011 million users. This is 44.937 million subscribers more than in 2004.

According to the forecast of the Ministry of Information, the intensive growth of the subscriber base of cellular networks will continue in the future with an average rate of about 3 million subscribers per month. Recall that China is already the largest cellular market in the world.

The Federation Council of the Russian Federation, also concerned about the situation of Russian subscribers of mobile operators, unanimously approved a law providing for the abolition of payment for incoming calls, including to mobile phones. Thus, everything goes to the fact that from July 1 we will really pay nothing for incoming calls to a mobile phone.

An incoming call will be subject to payment if the subscriber is located outside the territory of the subject of the federation, where he was allocated his subscriber number. In addition, a connection made with the help of a telephone operator at the expense of the called subscriber is subject to payment. Analysts predict an inevitable increase in tariffs for mobile communications, because calls from fixed phones bring operators about 15% of all revenue.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 08)

The 3GSM World 2006 Congress is over, the Winter Olympics in Turin is over. But, like athletes who do not take a break for training, the participants of the mobile communications market did not take a break for announcements - it's not only the usual "arms race", but also the CeBit 2006 exhibition hanging on the nose, which will be held from March 9 to 15 this year. of the year. And if CES is held on another continent, and 3GSM is focused on professionals, then CeBIT is already considered a consumer exhibition, and it traditionally takes place in the heart of Europe, in the German city of Hannover. Several important conclusions follow from the above facts: firstly, manufacturers will focus on GSM/UMTS solutions close to Europe; secondly, the emphasis will be on those products that are planned to be brought to the market in the very near future, so that the visitor, impressed by the exhibition (or materials from the exhibition), can buy the gadget he likes.

Thus, Mio Technology has already revealed its plans for the upcoming CeBIT exhibition. The company is going to demonstrate a range of GPS devices on it.

The Mio C710 and Mio C510E are dedicated GPS navigators. In appearance and basic characteristics, they are similar. Both work under the Windows CE .Net 4.2 operating system, are equipped with microphones, and support the Bluetooth interface. The Mio C710 has more TeleAtlas digital maps of Europe, as well as support for TMC functions that allow you to track the situation on the roads.

Mio C210 is positioned as a simple navigator without unnecessary bells and whistles. It does not have support for features such as Bluetooth or TMC. It also runs on Windows CE .Net 4.2. The C210 has a TeleAtlas digital map of one European region installed in its memory.

The Mio H610 adds enhanced multimedia functionality. Among other things, its battery lasts for 17 hours of continuous playback of MP3 music. A large number of European TeleAtlas maps are also installed in memory.

Mio P550 is no longer just a navigator, but also a pocket computer. It runs on a 400 MHz processor, is controlled by the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, has a Bluetooth interface and supports Wi-Fi wireless networks, which allows it to be used for Internet telephony. There is a slot for SD and MMC memory cards.

In addition, the long awaited Mio A701 GPS smartphone will be unveiled. Recall that it is powered by an Intel processor with a clock frequency of 520 MHz, controlled by Windows Mobile 5.0. In addition, there is a slot for SD and MMC memory cards, a 1.3-megapixel camera and a Bluetooth interface.

The interest of PDA manufacturers in the topic of GPS navigation is not accidental - only a lazy analyst does not predict the imminent oblivion of "pure" (ie without additional modules) PDAs. And if it is not so easy to release a new smartphone model, then adding a GPS module is incomparably easier. In addition, there is a very high sensitivity GPS chipset on the market - Globalsat SiRF Star III. The use of this chipset allows developers of end devices to allow some liberties in the layout and design, which, if using less sensitive GPS circuits, would mean poor suitability of the resulting solutions.

By the way, the Globalsat Technology company mentioned above released last week a watch with a large LCD display and GPS navigation capability. They are intended for users who are fond of sports, sealed and waterproof. In addition, they can be used as a GPS receiver by connecting to other devices via USB. There are two versions of the device - GH-601 and GH-602. The older model is distinguished by the presence of a barometric altimeter and an electronic compass. Both models can also be used in training to record history, set goals, track results, and so on.

GH-601 and GH-602 specifications:

  • Black and white LCD display with a resolution of 80x120 pixels
  • SiRF Star III GPS module
  • miniUSB connector
  • 1600 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Using time in GPS mode is 16 hours
  • Working time with GPS turned off - 70 hours
  • SiRF Star III GPS module
  • Dimensions - 82.5x46x18.5 mm
  • Weight - 72.9 grams

On the eve of CeBit, Qtek announced its plans to release the Qtek S 200 communicator, developed on the basis of the HTC Prophet platform. Communicator should enter the European market in March. The company positions it as the successor to the popular Qtek S 100 model (it is based on the HTC Magician platform).

Qtek S200 runs on Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. It is designed for GSM networks (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), while there is support for the EDGE standard. In addition, wireless networks Wi-Fi (802.11b), Bluetooth 2.0, IrDA and USB interfaces are supported.

The device received a 2.8-inch touchscreen display with the ability to display 65K colors, a 2-megapixel camera, an SD card slot, as well as 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of flash memory. The dimensions are 108x58x18.2 mm, and the weight is 150 grams with the battery.

On the German(!) forum Telefon-Treff, another images and specifications of the forthcoming Sony Ericsson phone have been published - presumably the K800, codenamed Wilma, successor to the popular K750 model. This phone is already so densely overgrown with rumors and "photos" created by some jokers that you begin to be suspicious of all the information about it. Nevertheless, these photos and data look very plausible. Exactly how true they are will probably become clear as early as February 28, next Tuesday, when, according to rumors, the company will hold a press conference at which they will introduce several new mobile phones, including Wilma.

  • Standards - GSM and UMTS
  • 2-inch QVGA (240x320 pixels) display with 262K colors
  • 3.2MP camera
  • Supported audio formats - MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+
  • Supported video formats are 3GPP, MPEG4 and Real
  • 72-voice polyphony
  • 64 MB internal memory
  • Memory Stick Micro media slot
  • Bluetooth, IrDA and USB
  • Dimensions - 106x47x18 mm
  • Weight - 115 grams

There is also a photo with the entire future line of Sony Ericsson products

An unusual laptop was demonstrated by Asus. And if the technical characteristics of the S6 model are rather ordinary, then the appearance will surprise even a sophisticated person - the laptop case is covered with pink leather! Of course, there are also more moderate colors.


S6 features a 12" widescreen display, 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 945 GM chipset, 512MB DDR2 memory, Wi-Fi support, and weighs about 1.45kg. Worth the fun not cheap - about $ 3000. To develop this model, Asus had to patent 25 different technologies.

Certainly, this step by ASUS is an attempt (not the first in the notebook market) to create a premium product. And it's not just about the price: laptops have already become such an everyday thing that not every one of them can be presented as a valuable gift - often the ordinary look of products, even despite the high-quality stuffing, repels potential buyers.

Each note or article on our resource once again confirms that new technologies are becoming more and more integral to our lives. A watch with a USB drive or a jacket with a Bluetooth receiver and speakers is no longer a surprise. With the development of e-paper, the idea of ​​high-tech accessories was able to take it even further. For example, the Duck Image company developed a concept for a new product that would use electronic paper - a regular bag that can change the image on its surface.

As conceived by the developers, the pattern on the bag can be changed using the remote control. Moreover, it can even be highlighted. In this case, electronic paper is used as the main material of the bag. The development is called Chameleon. The bag can be worn both on the shoulder and in the hands. And it will also be possible to give it as a gift (like the “leather” laptop from the previous news) :). Nothing is known about the timing of the implementation of the concept.

An interesting novelty was presented by the American company US Modular. The company offers owners of equipment with slots for MicroSD or T-Flash memory cards to make an Upgrade in the form of buying its Stik & Stor module, which allows you to expand the limitations (512 MB) in the memory capacity of existing MicroSD and T-Flash cards up to 4 GB right now! A product with 8 GB of memory will soon be available.

This product is designed as an external module that connects to a MicroSD or T-Flash memory card slot and is offered by the manufacturer in various colors and memory capacities. Now the owners of numerous mobile phones, to a greater extent, where these memory cards, which are not very popular today, can not greatly limit themselves in the amount of content used, unless of course they purchase Stik & Stor.

LG last week did not announce spring novelties, but announced plans for 2006 as a whole. Thus, in 2006, LG Electronics plans to increase its deliveries to the world market of cell phones by 30%, or at least by 25%. With this growth rate, LG expects to increase its market share as total global shipments are projected to grow by 10% this year to 810 million units. Now the company ranks fourth in the supply of mobile phones with a market share of 6.8%.

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This year, LG is set to strengthen its position in the low-end handset market, where it and rival Samsung Electronics are poorly represented. According to LG, the lack of popular models in the $30 price category is one of the reasons why both Korean companies lag behind Nokia and Motorola, which together received more than 50% of the market.

The Chinese Ministry of Information Industry, in turn, published statistics on the telecommunications market in China for the entire year 2005. According to official data, the total number of mobile subscribers reached 393.428 million, which is 58.604 million more than in 2004.

At the same time, the number of subscribers to packet-switched data services, including those in the GPRS standard, more than doubled and reached 71.011 million users. This is 44.937 million subscribers more than in 2004.

According to the forecast of the Ministry of Information, the intensive growth of the subscriber base of cellular networks will continue in the future with an average rate of about 3 million subscribers per month. Recall that China is already the largest cellular market in the world.

The Federation Council of the Russian Federation, also concerned about the situation of Russian subscribers of mobile operators, unanimously approved a law providing for the abolition of payment for incoming calls, including to mobile phones. Thus, everything goes to the fact that from July 1 we will really pay nothing for incoming calls to a mobile phone.

An incoming call will be subject to payment if the subscriber is located outside the territory of the subject of the federation, where he was allocated his subscriber number. In addition, a connection made with the help of a telephone operator at the expense of the called subscriber is subject to payment. Analysts predict an inevitable increase in tariffs for mobile communications, because calls from fixed phones bring operators about 15% of all revenue.