Friday, January 11, 2008
CES News : New Smartphones to US by MWg
LAS VEGAS(24hoursnews)—Cell phone now a craze of generation,There are a bunch of small manufacturers showing phones at this year's CES, but MWg is one to take seriously because their smart phone, the Atom Life, is already available to U.S. consumers.
MWg is an Asian maker of smart phones who previously made phones under the O2 brand – their stuff was once made by HTC, and still has a lot of similarity to HTC products. They changed their name recently, though, and entered the US market through a distribution partnership with MobilePlanet.com.
The Atom Life is a pretty strong debut. It's a moderately sized and very powerful handset. The kicker is a 624 MHz processor – top notch for a Windows Mobile 6 device – and 1 Gbyte of built-in storage. The device also has a MiniSD slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera, secondary VGA front facing camera and an FM radio. It works on T-Mobile's EDGE network here in the US, but lacks one of the frequency bands to work properly with AT&T.
The Atom Life doesn't have a keypad – it's a mostly-touchscreen device, with a 2.7-inch, 320x240 touch screen. At 5.1 ounces, it isn't very heavy for a powerful device. The Atom Life sells for $504.95 unlocked, at MobilePlanet.com.
The Atom Life is MWg's first U.S. phone, but they're also selling some older Asian models in the U.S., including stuff from the former Ubiquio and O2 brands, which they absorbed. The XDA Flame ($584.95) is a large, high-res Windows Mobile 6 phone with a roomy 3.6-inch, 640x480 touch screen. It has a 520 MHz processor, Nvidia hardware graphics acceleration and 2 Gbytes of built-in storage. MWg said they're marketing that one as a gaming device, though like other O2 and Ubiquio branded devices, it's going off the market soon in exchange for an all-new line of MWg products in 2008.