Sunday, April 17, 2005

Samsung showcase DMB and DVB-H phone

A few months ago I blogged an article about DVB-H as a potential threat to 3G telephony. There are now some mobile phones close to release with Samsung apparently ahead of the competition.

The first phone supports DMB (a multimedia equivalent of DAB). The Samsung B200 features a swivel to horizontal screen, 2 MegaPixel camera and TV-Out functionality to complement its MPEG4 video recording ability. I guess it's destined for the US market since it supports cdma2000 1xEV-DO. Here's a screenshot:

Another pair of phones were demonstrated at this year's CTIA trade show. These have been developed for CDMA and GSM networks and support DVB-H. They also support IPDC (Internet Protocol Datacast) which allow interactivity (for example, make a direct purchase while watching a shopping channel). Here's a screenshot:

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