Today, Casio announced the world’s first 3.2-megapixel camera phone, the A5406CA [image] for KDDI. Fully equipped with an automatic focus function, the 2048ױ536 QXGA image size compares in quality to what the company calls “traditional” digital cameras. Mobile snappers can choose from 9 Best Shot modes, including twilight, panoramic, fireworks, and the unlikely named “food” setting. The unit also boasts up to 60 minutes of video recording (clips are saved to the onboard 12-MB data folder). A WWJ English Web news scoop! Press Release in Japanese.
If all that wasn’t impressive enough, the phone is also equipped with stereo melody playback capability, all the EZ mobile Internet services (EZ movie, EZ Navi, EZ application (Java) EZweb (WAP2001)), and KDDI/au’s blockbuster “Chaka Uta” music download service. Casio, known for being the company that added a few chunks of plastic to a 50-cent digital watch to create the “G-Shock” brand (sellable at a several-hundred-percent profit margin), is touting the new handset as “high class.” And, of course, the terminal comes in three colors: “Nautilus” white, “Tailored” blue, and “Cloud” purple.
Other specs include:
Standby time: 200 hours
Continuous talk time: 2 hours 40 mins
Main display: Approx. 2.3″ crystal fine LCD (QVGA)
Sub display: Approx 1.1: LCD (72×96 pix)
External memory: miniSD
Camera: 3.2MP CCD (with autofocus)
Ringtone voices: 64