Pantech Wireless might not be a company you’ve heard much from in the past, but this company is actually one of Korea’s top three mobile phone vendors – up there with LG and Samsung. The company also looks like it could be making quite a splash in North America with its latest phone, the Matrix Pro, available exclusively from AT&T starting February 24. This dual sliding, double-keyboard mobile handset is loaded with a host of features.
It is a tri-band 3G phone that is ideal for world travelers as it has the promise of excellent global coverage, which includes Japan and South Korea, as well as Europe. And with the double-keyboard you can stay in touch on the go via e-mail and text messaging, plus the phone even offers AT&T Video Share Calling. The phone comes in a steel-blue metallic finish and will be available at AT&T stores and online for $179.99 after a two-year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate.
Other key features of the Matrix Pro include:
- Windows Mobile 6.1 OS
- Conference call option
- QWERTY keyboard and numeric pad
- Multimedia functionality and ability to edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents
- AT&T Video Share to send live video during a phone call to compatible phone
- aGPS support for location-based services including AT&T Navigator
Samsung’s New Phones
At the Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled a slew of new phones. These include the Samsung Memoir, a full touchscreen, 8 megapixel camera phone that will be exclusive to T-Mobile. The phone will be available on February 25 for $249.99 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying data plan, along with a $50 mail-in rebate.
The Memoir would be an ideal camera phone to take along on your next European excursion. This one features that aforementioned 8 megapixel camera, which includes Xenon flash, 16x digital zoom, CMOS auto focus feature, five different shooting modes and the ability to record up to 60 minutes of video. The Memoir can also connect to the Web with a full HTML Web browser capable of high-speed data on T-Mobile’s 3G network.
And for those who want to feel a bit greener while gabbing it up, Samsung also introduced a new model made from recycled plastic water bottles that includes a solar panel on the back for charging. This “Blue Earth” solar-powered model features a touchscreen, but was light on other features. The sun can only provide so much power it seems. Pricing information and availability was not announced.
Two other camera phones – with 8 megapixel cameras – were also announced, and these included the Ultratouch and OmniaHD, as well as two music phones, the BeatDJ and BeatDisc. We’ll watch for more information on all of these handsets.
Check back tomorrow for the latest on mobile apps from the Mobile World Congress.