February 21, 2005 It's a sign of the times that most of the mobile phone companies and major Telcos has a presence at the Photo Marketing Association Annual Convention and Trade Show that began yesterday in Orlando, Florida. Clearly the two industries are fast converging and that was the theme of the joint Sprint and Sanyo announcement of the Sprint PCS Vision(SM) Multimedia Phone MM-5600. The MM-5600 allows customers to listen to stereo-quality music; take1.3-megapixel photos and view the latest video content from nationally recognized brands in the news and entertainment industry at up to 15 frames per second with the built-in media player.
The MM-5600 by Sanyo has a 1.3-megapixel camera with flash, digital zoom and macro setting for capturing close-ups and a video camcorder for catching special moments. The device comes packaged with a 16MB removable miniSD memory card and adapter, plus stereo earphones and USB cable for printing photos directly from the phone to any PictBridge-enabled printer. Coming mid-March, the MM-5600 will be available across America at Sprint Stores and online ( http://www.sprintpcs.com/ ) for US$429.99.
The phone supports Picture Mail and Sprint PCS Video Mail optional services, making it easy for customers to instantly share pictures, video and audio right from the phone direct to other compatible phones or to any email address. Images can be stored on the miniSD card to expand storage space.
The miniSD card enhances the MM-5600 by offering a simple, portable way to store high-resolution images, video clips and music files. The files on the card can be easily downloaded to a PC for backup. With the included adapter, the miniSD card can be used to easily exchange data with select SD-compatible devices, such as PocketPCs, digital cameras and other handheld devices.
The built-in 1.3-megapixel camera with flash, digital zoom and macro settings for capturing close-ups captures photos with resolution quality to make very good 4 in. x 6 in. prints. The MM-5600 by Sanyo features a QVGA-resolution TFT LCD screen. The 260,000-color screen and 240 x 320 resolution provide sharp detail of objects when viewing videos, photos, games and other images on the phone.
Photos in the camera phone are one thing, but being able to easily print them is the latest in useful innovation. The miniSD card with adapter can be used to print photos from a printer or kiosk that supports SD cards. Customers can also print images stored on the phone or miniSD card by connecting directly to a PictBridge-enabled printer.
With Sprint PCS Video Mail, customers can also shoot 30-second video clips with the built-in camcorder to be wirelessly shared. With an optional 128MB or larger miniSD card, customers can shoot up to 90 minutes of video.
Mobile music also takes a leap forward with this phone's high-quality MP3/AAC player and its stereo earphones, making it easier than ever for customers to enjoy their favourite music files via their phone. The USB cable, packaged with the phone, can be used to move unprotected MP3 files from the PC to a miniSD card in the phone -- making the MM-5600 by Sanyo a portable music device and phone all in one.
The MM-5600 by Sanyo is the third Sprint PCS Phone to offer an easy way to browse and view Sprint multimedia content such as ABC News, Cartoon Network, CNN, Discovery, E! Entertainment, FOX Sports, NBC Mobile, MUSIC CHOICE and The Weather Channel. Multimedia content is delivered to the handset from the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.
The MM-5600 by Sanyo also features Sprint PCS Ready Link, a walkie-talkie- like service that provides a quick and convenient way to communicate one-on-one or with groups of up to five.