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The hard disk drive mobile phone is nearly here

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January 21, 2005

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January 22, 2005 The convergence of the mobile phone with the PDA, digital camera, gaming device, MP3 player and portable video player looks set to accelerate this year with the arrival of hard disk drives small enough and tough enough to handle the going. The world's first mobile phone with a hard drive went on sale in Korea and Japan late last year - Samsung's SPH-V5400 - and already the signs are there to indicate we'll see a rash of phones released with disk drives this year. This week Texas instruments announced that Samsung has chosen TI's OMAP-DM270 processor, an extension to TI's widely adopted OMAP processor portfolio, to power its new camera phone model. The camera phone with hard-disk drive includes a video-on demand feature.

By using TI's high-performance imaging processor, Samsung will be able to deliver high-resolution still images and high-performance video to its camera-enabled feature phones.

As we reported earlier this week, Toshiba's ever-shrinking (in volume, not storage capacity) disk drives http://www.gizmag.com.au/go/3618/ will begin finding their way into mobile devices this year, indicating that 12 months hence, we'll be seeing phones with a capacity of 8-10GB, substantially larger than the 1.5GB in the V5400.

The interesting aspect to watch this year will be how much the ever-more-capable mobile phone will impact on the sale of MP3 players in particular, but low-end digital cameras

Business Week has a great article covering mobile phone convergence.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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