KDDI Unveils MS Wi-Fi Phone
KDDI and Fujistu have introduced a prototype smart phone, or “hybrid information terminal,” that will be available to visitors attending the Aichi World Expo 2005, which begins here in March and runs through to the end of September. The ‘Love and Mate’ [.jpg] (yes, that’s what they’re calling it) handset comes in Orange and Blue; both feature Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for PocketPC software for PDA and phone operation, and Windows Media Player 9. This is one of the first deployments of Windows on a phone in Japan.
Both units use Intel’s PXA270 CPU backed by 128MB of SDRAM and a 2.8″ LCD screen with a VGA-capable digicam. It also looks like they have an embedded IC chip from Toshiba to take advantage of RFID tags at certain expo pavillions. The ‘Orange mate’ also has 3G 802.11b Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 1.2, along with Web and email software. The ‘Orange Mate’ is a 3G CDMA 1X machine, while the ‘Blue Mate’ [.jpg] appears to have an EV-DO chip to enable 2.4-Mbps data connectivity. Press Release Here [in Japanese]