Panasonic Rolls Out Symbian OS-based X700 Smartphone

2/26/2004 - Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd., introduces its flagship model for 2004 – the X700 smartphone. This compact digital camera phone, with video capability, comes in Panasonic’s stylish clamshell design and supports the miniSDTM card. The X700 utilises Symbian OS, based on open standards, and the Series 60 Platform. Shipments across Europe are scheduled to begin Autumn 2004.

Jim Marion, President of Panasonic’s U.S Wireless Design Center, responsible for developing the X700, says "The X700 will appeal to the increasing number of users requiring compact and stylish mobile phones for their business, as well as personal, needs. Supporting the miniSDTM card and Symbian OS, the X700 smartphone allows users to view and edit presentations and documents, which can then be seamlessly connected to other AV equipment. In addition, the X700’s digital camera, video, email and multimedia messaging capabilities make this model one of the most technically advanced mobile phones on the market.”

Applications on the move
The X700 supports a series of pre-loaded applications. Users can view and edit native MicrosoftTM Word, Excel and PowerPointTM documents on their handset. The miniSDTM card provides additional memory to store these files and by using the miniSDTM adapter can easily link these to other Panasonic AV equipment. In addition, an imaging application, that is also included, enables users to edit photos taken with the handset’s high quality camera. Using the X700’s JavaTM capability, the user can download further applications, polyphonic ring tones and games.

Technically advanced
The X700 is Panasonic’s first handset to use Symbian OS and the Series 60 Platform, which are increasingly bringing advanced mobile data services to the mass market. The X700 is also one of the first clamshell smartphones to offer a full colour sub display and picture CLI (Call Line Identification). Symbian OS and Series 60 are driving open standards for global network interoperability with mobile networks, content applications and services.

"The stylish X700’s compact form and advanced capabilities make it one of the most appealing tri-band smartphones for consumer and business users,” said Morgan Gillis, Executive Vice President of Sales, Symbian. “Panasonic’s expertise in the miniaturisation of consumer electronics has resulted in driving down the size and weight of the Symbian OS smartphone – one of the most technically advanced mobile products in the market.”

"The Series 60 Platform is targeted at encompassing two factors crucial for the success of advanced mobile devices: product differentiation and underlying application compatibility. The X700 smartphone by Panasonic is an impressive device that fully utilizes the capabilities of Series 60,” says Pertti Korhonen, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia.

Picture perfect
Users will experience clearer pictures with the X700’s built-in VGA digital camera, photo light and 65,536 colour Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display screen. The handset’s editing capabilities allow users to enhance the quality of these images further and with the miniSDTM card, storing these files is not a problem. The X700 also offers the new and exciting feature of video capture, download and playback.

Technical elegance
As well as being one of the most advanced GSM handsets on the market, the X700 is one of the smallest and lightest smartphones available. Its stylish and elegant clamshell design, with full colour sub display, will appeal to mobile professionals, who will be able to use the X700 for a combination of business and personal activities.

Communicate with ease
The X700 supports MMS, email and Bluetooth®, allowing users to send photos and documents to a PC or MMS enabled phone. Its Bluetooth® capability also allows wireless connectivity through a Bluetooth® hands-free headset and when connecting remotely through a laptop. In addition, its tri-band capabilities means users can take advantage of the X700’s features and services while abroad. The X700 also features one of the first speaker independent voice recognition systems, to ease the dialling of numbers from the phonebook and to control some of the functions in the phone, all without having to train it first.

About Panasonic Mobile Communications
Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. (PMC), whose headquarters are based in Yokohama, Japan, is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of mobile communications products. As one of the main business domains for Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand digital electronics, PMC has been developing cutting edge technologies since its establishment in 1958, including the world's first 3G video handset for the Japanese market in 2001. PMC is committed in providing added-value solutions to end-users through its mobile communication products. or

About the MiniSDTM Card
The miniSDTM card was developed to meet the demands of the downsizing of mobile phones. It’s the world’s smallest flash memory card* and is only 40% of the size of a standard SD Memory Card. Despite its small size, the miniSDTM card offers all of the benefits of the SD Memory Card including copyright protection. By inserting into the miniSDTM adapter, the miniSDTM card can bridge various digital data across conventional SD enabled products. Panasonic will introduce miniSDTM cards with three capacities – 32MB, 64MB and 128MB into the retail market.

* As of February 23, 2004

About Symbian
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones. Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Motorola A920 and A925 for 3, Sendo X, Siemens SX-1, NTT DoCoMo FOMA F900i, F2102V and F2051 built by Fujitsu, Sony Ericsson P800 and P900 Smartphones, Nokia 9200 Communicator range as well as the 7700, 7650, 6600, 6620, 3650/3600, 3660/3620 and N-Gage. Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the US, Europe and Asia.

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