Siemens' flashy phone

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Siemens has unveiled a pair of new mobiles – one that it is billing as the next generation of multimedia handsets, the other its first clamshell model.

The top-end model is the CX-65. It features the usual selection of features found on luxury phones including Java, a VGA camera, video camera and POP3 e-mail.

It does however have several key features the most important of which is an attachable flash for shooting images indoors.

The screen should also win Siemens a few plaudits. It might be just 65k colours (upcoming phones this year will offer more) but it is larger than most rival handsets.

Siemens also scores points for a useful 11MB of memory and an impressive talk time of five hours and 250 hours standby.

The phone itself is chocolate bar style and in some way looks like a smaller version of Motorola’s A-835 3G handset or even Nokia’s 6600.

Siemens has also unveiled its first ever clamshell phone – the CF-62. There’s no integrated camera, though an add-on module with a flash is available, but it does boast a 65K colour screen, Java, WAP and caller display on the outer screen.

Both phones launch in April.

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