High-tech product releases announced the week ending May 30 include the world’s first radiation-detecting smartphone, a phone with a transparent display, an iPhone covered in 24ct gold, personal TVs that let you work while you watch, a dual-SIM Android phone and a smartphone for TV lovers.
The world’s first radiation-detecting smartphone
Japanese cellular company Softbank has unveiled the Pantone 5 107SH, the world’s first smartphone to come with a built-in radiation detector. The Sharp-made handset runs on Android 4.0 and features a 1.4GHz processor, a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 display, a TV tuner, wireless payments, and a 4MP camera. The device is waterproof and dustproof and also has an infrared data port. The Pantone 5 will go on sale in Japan from July. Pricing has not been announced.
A mobile phone with a transparent color display
While it might not have all the whiz bang features of today’s capable smartphones the Explay Crystal features a nifty-looking transparent color display. The device is made by Russian company Explay and has a numerical keyboard, Bluetooth 3.0, dual SIM slots, a video and audio player, a Micro SD slot for memory cards up to 16GB and a video camera. The Explay Crystal is expected to launch in Russia on July 1 for 7,000 rubles (€175).
A 24ct gold iPhone 4S
Are today’s smartphones just not expensive enough for you? Luxury brand Amosu Couture thinks the current iPhone 4S would look better wrapped in a layer of 24ct gold with a gold mirror finish. Even the screen has been given a gold reflective tint. If that’s not different enough you can add your name or company logo to the back of the device. The Amosu Couture Full Gold iPhone 4S is available now for £1,999 (€2,500).
Premium personal TVs
LG’s DM2752 and M2752 monitors combine the features of a monitor and a TV enabling consumers to watch a range of multimedia from terrestrial HD broadcasts and full HD content from a connected PC or media box. The TVs both feature IPS panels with wide viewing angles plus Picture-in-Picture capabilities that allow viewers to watch TV while working on their computer. The DM2752 comes with CINEMA 3D technology and a 2D to 3D conversion engine. The LG DM2752 will be available starting in July while the M2752 is now available in select markets throughout Europe.
An Android phone that can manage your work/personal balance
Samsung’s Galaxy Ace Duos smartphone is the successor to the Galaxy Ace. It sports Dual SIM functionality so you can simultaneously manage work and personal calls on the device. It has a 3.5” touch screen, an 832MHz Processor, HSDPA 7.2 connectivity, a 5MP camera, 3GB of storage, and runs Android 2.3. The Galaxy Ace Duos is available now in India for Rs. 13,900 (€200). It will launch in Russia in June before a wider rollout in Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, Middle East, Africa, and China.
A smartphone for TV lovers
While Japanese consumers have long had access to streamed TV on their handsets, Motorola’s Atrix TV smartphone will be somewhat of a novelty for Brazilian consumers. Users can watch live TV on-the-go on the Android-powered phone or record their favorite live TV programs for later. The Atrix TV has a 4” display, an 8MP camera, a customizable user interface, FM radio, and a lanyard slot with lighting effect that blinks to tell you you’ve missed a call or a message. The Atrix TV will be available in Brazil this week for R$ 999 (€400).