The Wireless Buzz
Samsung also used CES to preview almost 30 new phones to be released this year, including the first speech-to-text dictation phone and a five-megapixel camera phone with 3x optical zoom. Nokia meanwhile focused on mobile applications, as well as the release of the 6822 (pictured above) designed for messaging, while Motorola is partnering with iTunes to stream music.
As with most manufacturers, the inclusion of memory card slots is becoming the norm for smart and multimedia phones, specifically Samsung's video on-demand phone that will wirelessly stream video onto the handset from the network.
Among the more surprising forays into the phone market came from Haier, with its P7 pen phone (at a modest three ounces). There's no carrier set to distribute the pen phone, but Haier appears confident, showing well over a dozen other phones at CES this year, including a 1.3 mega pixel camera phone and a Palm OS-based "smart phone." Most other announcements are expected to be made at the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) show in March.