PUMA phone finally unveiled


PUMA and Sagem Wireless have come together in an unlikely alliance, offering what they call the PUMA phone which will arrive in selected markets come this April 2010. This unveiling was done at this year’s Mobile World Congress, where it is touted to be really different from all of the other handsets. At first glance, this looks like some sort of Neonode and HTC hybrid in terms of form factor, and on its back you find an eco-friendly feature that could very well catch on in future cellphone designs – a solar panel that allows you to juice up the PUMA phone everywhere you go as long as there is sufficient sunlight. Granted, this won’t be able to replace the power outlet, but it could provide just enough power for you to hold one more conversation during an emergency.

The PUMA phone is touted to be an active smartphone, where it comes with the following specifications :-

  • Integrated solar cell, with charge indicator
  • Touchscreen: 2.8″ thumbable screen with 240 x 320 QVGA resolution and TFT wide viewing angle
  • Camera: 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash and 6x zoom
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Photo sharing capability
  • Video: VGA video call camera; full screen video playback, with video recording and streaming and progressive video download
  • Music: wide range of music formats with playlist support and FM radio
  • Localisation: GPS, compass, geotagging, routing and mapping
  • Sports: pedometer, GPS tracker and stopwatch
  • Internet: Open internet browsing, with WAP Push
  • Messaging: Mobile email client and mobile web mail notification; instant messaging; MMS and SMS
  • HSPA and W-CDMA/EDGE/GPRS/GSM connectivity
  • USB 2.0 support

You will be able to pick up the PUMA phone from mobile network operators across greater Europe and on PUMA online store from April 2010 onwards, while international markets will follow shortly thereafter. We did wish that the PUMA phone would be more rugged than it is, with waterproof capability being more than welcome assuming it is supposed to cater to those who lead an active lifestyle.

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