Small and Proud: More Cellphone Trends from CES
As early adopters save their C-notes and prepare to storm Cingular to acquire the stock-boosting iPhone, phone manufacturers are watching the flurry with a cocked eyebrow, wondering if a public which has demanded smaller and smaller handsets with bigger and bigger rebates is really going to go for a substantially-priced convergent device with smartphone heft.
Knowing the market is a large and diverse one (Americans have purchased many more cellphones than iPods, at least for now), phone makers are turning out new takes on previous hits, and the new models (of phones and their bluetooth accesories) are almost all significantly smaller than their already slender predecessors.
From UT Starcom comes “the smallest camera phone on the market,” according to Joan Cear, who was demonstrating the phone in the UT Starcom booth at CES. “The CDM8935 is 3.3 inches high, 1.7 inches wide, and .7 inches thin. It’s smaller than a business card,” says Cear. Though the camera boasts only .3 megapixels, the price for this entry-level phone will probably be only $50 after rebates.