The new e616 and e313 handsets will be available across the UK in over 3,200 shops that stock 3 products and services.
NEC was the first company to deliver 3G video mobiles to 3 and these devices are NEC’s fourth and fifth to launch in the UK.
The e616 and e313 are the most advanced video devices yet to launch in the UK. Blending elegance with the ultimate in cutting-edge mobile technology, the handsets have been developed by NEC for 3 and are designed to showcase the breadth of mobile video services available on 3’s network.
Using these devices, 3’s customers can browse exclusive and continually updated video content on a 35x43mm, full-colour, high-resolution screen. They can stream or download their favourite video clips, including UEFA Champions League and Barclaycard Premiership football, MTV news and videos, clips from the latest film releases, the exploits of the Jackass team and ITN News bulletins.
Both devices are dual mode (3G and 2/2.5G), ensuring fast, “always-on” access to 3’s portal. They both feature JAVATM technology for the latest games and applications, include a built-in MP3 player to allow customers to listen to music on the move, and a memory card slot for a Sony MemoryStick DuoTM.
The clamshell e616, measuring 103x53x26.4mm and weighing 131g, boasts a speakerphone and encases two built-in zoom cameras – one on the front and one on the back – to enhance both the ease and quality of person-to-person video calls.
In addition to p2p video calling, the cameras can be used to take video clips and still images, which can be sent to other mobile users by MMS (Multimedia Messaging Services) or e-mailed to a PC anywhere in the world. New on the e616 is a camera light, which enhances images captured even in low light conditions.
It also features GPS functionality for location-based services, and can be connected to a PC via BluetoothTM or a USB cable. A compatible BluetoothTM headset will be available as an optional accessory.
The bar-design e313 is a slim, lightweight yet powerful handset, measuring 146.5x64x20.5mm and weighing just 126g. It features an integrated rotating camera with digital zoom to allow the user to capture and send video clips and still images of either themselves or their surroundings to friends and family.
Both devices can store up to thirty 40-channel polyphonic ring tunes and allow users to personalise the handset by allocating individual ring tunes and photographs to identify incoming callers. Additional features include vibrate alert, calendar function, calculator with currency converter, and a headset.
“We are delighted to be extending our lead in the 3G handset market with the delivery of two new devices for 3 UK,” said Tony Hutson, Director, NEC UK. “Consumers are looking for devices that meet both their technical and style conscious demands, and these new handsets deliver on both counts. Our portfolio is designed to bring greater choice to mobile users looking to take advantage of all the ground breaking content and services 3 has to offer, and will make the benefits of 3G technology available to a wider audience than ever before.”