DoCoMo Announces New Concept Phone
NTT DoCoMo and Sony Ericsson have introduced a new concept model called the RADIDEN, claiming the world’s first cell phone that has been equipped with a three-band AM/FM/TV tuner. The handset incorporates a dual-front design: one side can be used as a cell phone, and on the other side is a radio designed for the 2G MOVA network. The radio features easy-to-select channels, a dedicated single-color sub-display (16.7×23.1mm), as well as visible buttons allowing the user to use i-mode while listening to the radio.
Sony Ericsson claims that the Radiden is the first handset to include an AM/FM/TV tuner (previous models only containing an FM tuner). Unfortunately the TV tuner can only be used to listen to the audio from the broadcast, not watch the video. The radio unit is placed on the back of the handset, featuring its own display and control buttons, and can be used completely independently of the phone features (including when the phone is turned off). This is an extension of Sony Ericsson’s “Dual Front” marketing, first introduced with the K700.
The product measures 117x49x20mm and weighs 122g. It has a standby time of 320 hours and a continuous talk time of 120 minutes. Other features include the main 1.9-inch 65,536-color TFT LCD (160×128 pixels).