New Cellular Products To Watch At The Show
By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 6 2011 - 6:01am
LAS VEGAS —
Many cellphone suppliers put the
press on hold in the days before International CES,
but others chatted up their plans for product introductions.
Here’s what they’re planning:
Besides entering the U.S. tablet market
with an Android device (see p. 4, 130), the Korean
company is entering the cellular market with an Android
phone and a mobile hot spot. Details were unavailable.
The supplier of Jitterbug phones and
prepaid service is unveiling the GreatCall mobile personal
security service, available in February at $15/
month. It lets users connect to GreatCall’s emergency
response staff around the clock seven days a
week. Emergency operators can dispatch the appropriate
help depending on the caller’s needs, such as
the police, a tow truck, or a locksmith. The service is
available with Jitterbug phones.
GreatCall said its service adds mobility to Personal
Emergency Response Systems (PERS), which usually
work only at home or near a home base station.
The company is expected to
unveil its first 4G USB modems for the U.S. market
and first 4G mobile Wi-Fi hots spots, but details were
The company is bringing its Android 2.2
Ideos X5 touchscreen phone to the U.S. with 3G
HSPA, Wi-Fi, 5-megapixel camaera and 3.8-inch
touchscreen. Details were unavailable.
The Korean company plans a secondquarter
U.S. launch of the Tivizen Wi-Fi and Tivizen
30-pin dongle for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches,
said spokesman Sunny Kim.
Both products feature ATSC-M/H DTV tuner, with
the Tvizen Wi-Fi sending the received programming
via Wi-Fi to laptops. The dongle plugs into the 30-pin
ports of the Apple products.
Both ship in the second quarter in the U.S. The
Wi-Fi model is targeted to retail for $129-149. The
dongle is targeted to retail for $99.
The supplier of LCD TVs, monitors,
business projectors and digital signage, and — most
recently — tablets is unveiling its first cellphone and
expects to offer multiple models in the U.S. this year.
The first phone is the Android 2.2-based ViewPad 4
with Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.1-
inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, 720p HD video
camcorder, mini HDMI output, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, assisted
GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 and FM tuner.
It supports video chat over cellular data via a frontfacing
camera. Other features include 2GB of embedded
memory, 5-megapixel VGA camera, and video
storage in the H.263, H.264 and MPEG-4 formats.
ViewSonic said it will come to market with any 3G
or 4G air interface that carrier customers want. The
company will market phones to carriers as well as
market them as unlocked phones to retailers.
The company’s first U.S.-market cellphone
will be an Android model. Details were unavailable.