It’s a big week in consumer electronics for come Wednesday half the industry will be hotfooting it to the, ahem, picturesque city of Hannover for Europe’s biggest tech-fest CeBIT.
Last year’s show was, quite frankly, pants and not even a speech from German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder could raise a smile on the faces of the delegates.
This year looks much better with plenty going on especially in the mobile sphere. Read on for the scantest of details of what is likely to be launched.
Mega pixel camera phones
Sharp, Motorola and Sony Ericsson have already unveiled their models, now the other manufacturers are certain to lay their mega pixel handset on the table. Look out to for Austrian maker Tel-Me, which is set to unveil its T939 a microsoft Windows CE based PDA/phone, with a two-mega pixel snapper on board.
Wicked whispers are CeBIT will premier new 3G handsets from Sony Ericsson and Sanyo. T-Mobile is also set to unveil its European 3G rollout.
Personal video players
The big news is ceratin to be the European launch of models from Creative and I-River, which use microsoft’s Personal Media Center operating system. Expect also to see loads of far eastern companies trying to sell their models too.
Synosphere will be displaying its Blue Dock system, which enables a PDA to work like a desktop PC, in that it can be connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard.
Siemens will show off a pen phone that allows users to write letters and numbers on any surface and enter the data directly into the device.
Samsung is expected to reveal a range of new phones.
02 is planning to launch several new handsets: no clues yet as to what they will be.