September 26, 2005 Thin and small is in, at least when it comes to mobile phones and the trend started by Motorola with the RAZR has gathered some serious momentum recently with the recent announcements from NEC, Samsung and now one of the lesser-knownKorean cell phone manufacturers, VK.
In keeping with the Korean mindset of striving for demonstrable excellence in design, VK has unveiled what is arguably the slimmest and lightest handset on the market today - the 8.8-millimeter-thick VK2000 weighs only 48 grams.
VK will release the VK2000 in China this week and in Korea in December. Surprisingly, the phone will not be a premium item, but will be priced at under US$100 for the budget conscious.
That's the VK2000 pictured - roughly the size of a business card and the width of a cigarette.
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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.
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