Samsung Electronics has unveiled the world’s first mobile phone with built-in digital 5MP camera featuring, marking a yet another breakthrough of the company in cellular phones field. The new SCH-S250 also features true-color LCD as well as text-to-speech capability.
The new SCH-S250 phone is currently targeted only at Asian market supporting only CDMA 2000 1x band, which is not used in the
The S250 comes with a unique “stretch” design, reminiscent of the futuristic phones seen in the movie ‘The Matrix’. The high-quality camera lens and LCD remain covered and protected when the phone is closed, and when it is stretched open, the product has the feel of a regular digital camera.
Samsung has also set a new standard in mobile phone display technology. Until now, mobile phones had been equipped with LCDs capable of 262 000-color resolution. The S250 boasts a QVGA TFD-LCD (Thin Film Diode-Liquid Crystal Display) that has previously been adapted only for top-end TVs and desktop monitors. The display can reproduce 16 million colors, over 60 times the color compared to existing mobile phone displays.
Samsung has also taken voice recognition to a higher level by introducing text-to-speech (TTS) conversion. Now the user can listen to incoming text messages or the prepared “to-do” list rather than having to read them.
The S250 supports high-image-quality games and 3D sound effects. If a call is received in the middle of a game, the user can restore the game later and resume play.
Other advanced functions in the S250 include an MP3 player, mobile banking capability and 64-polyphonic sound.
Samsung cooperated with the Japan-based Asahi Pentax, one of the most respected camera lens providers in the world, to develop a camera module customized for the mobile phone. This partnership began in the first-half of 2003.
The SCH-S250 will be available in the Korean market in October, 2004.