Pantech's outrageously different ‘Auto Pop-up Display’ satellite DMB Phone


September 5, 2006

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September 6, 2006 South Korea’s Pantech Group today announced the launch of the IM-U140 handset, a satellite digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) handset that provides users with a genuinely unique mobile phone experience via its innovative design. With DMB, the phone obviously receives television but it has an interesting arsenal of features including four channel stereo speakers, a 3 megapixel camera with an image stabilization mode, MP3 player and TV-OUT and FM transmitter functionality meaning it can play the MP3s it contains on your car radio f’rinstance. Finally, the QVGA 262K colour TFT LCD display is designed to pop up automatically at a 30 degree angle and the touch screen vibrates when touched, enhancing the overall unique feel of the phone.

The display adds significantly to users’ enjoyment of movies and TV programs, maximizing the user-friendly nature of the phone. The 2.6-inch wide QVGA LCD is the largest display featured on a DMB handset in Korea, further augmenting the portable TV viewing experience. M.S. Yoon, Executive Vice President, Domestic Marketing, Pantech Group, said: “Due to its exceptional range of unique features, including the pop-up display screen, we expect that the IM-U140 will be welcomed by those mobile phone users who are looking for new and different features and applications in their DMB phones”. “In line with our brand slogan - ‘It’s different’ - we are always seeking to regenerate and refine our product line, and the IM-U140 is just the latest stage in this constantly evolving customer commitment. For example, we have designed the touch screen on the IM-U140 model so that it vibrates when touched, enhancing the overall unique feel of the phone,” said Mr. Yoon. The IM-U140 features four channel stereo speakers, enabling users to enjoy a richer quality of sound when they watch the mobile TV or play mobile games. In addition, the handset features a 3 megapixel camera with useful modes such as image stabilization, auto focus and white balance, providing users with higher picture quality. The new model also has PictBridge functionality, which enables the transmission of photos directly from the handset to printers. Other user-friendly features include an MP3 player and electronic dictionary. The IM-U140 handset will become available in Korea this month and will be marketed under Pantech’s SKY brand, the leading premium mobile phone brand in the Korean market. SKY IM-U140 features:

    Satellite DMB phone with TV-OUT and FM transmitter function Auto pop-up sliding LCD 4 channel stereo speakers Display: 2.6” wide QVGA 262K colors TFT Dimension: 119 x 53 x 23.2 mm/Weight: 157.7g 3 megapixel camera with built-in image stabilization Touch screen with vibrating reaction Multi-tasking functionality Embedded mobile games MP3 player / PictBridge / Electronic dictionary
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