There’s still no official launch date for Orange’s 3G service in the UK. But with the mobile phone operator having slated a pre-Christmas roll-out, and with manufacturers announcing new 3G handsets, it can only be a matter of days.
Latest to join Orange’s 3G camp is Sanyo. Though a newcomer to the UK mobile phone market, the company has actually been producing handsets in Japan in exclusive partnerships with operators since 1994 and in the US for several years.
At a press conference, all of Sanyo’s top brass were wheeled out to tell us that they now plan to break into Europe.
But while the talk was confident – bordering on aggressive – the product announcement was decidedly modest. Just a single, lightweight slider style phone dubbed the S750. First impressions are generally positive. It’s not going to rock the design world but the 2.4inch 262K colour screen and 1.3 Megapixel camera with 4x zoom seemed quite good. So too did the user interface which was particularly easy to navigate around.
* 2.4 inch QVGA screen
* Dual camera: 1.3Mb with flash, 310K pixel CCD
* 72 polyphonic ringtones
* Bluetooth, infra red, USB, Pictbridge
* Talk time: 170 mins (UMTS), 190 mins (GSM)