Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Puma's Sports-Infused Mobile Phone

Puma launched its first mobile phone, named the Puma Phone, featuring a number of sports-related features, including applications for runners and cyclists that let them keep track of speed, distance and pace. The phone can also keep track of the number of steps taken and the number of calories burned. A solar panel on the back of the phone can be used to charge it, and it has a 2.8-inch touch screen on the front.The device was unveiled Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress.Among the unique features are a timer that looks like an analog stopwatch, a compass designed to look like something off a yacht and a music player that looks like a record player. The feature lets users spin and scratch a virtual record. More standard features include a 3.2-megapixel camera with an LED flash, A-GPS (Assisted-GPS) and an FM radio. It can be used to surf the Web using HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) at up to 7.2M bps or 2.9M bps, according to Puma.Puma's first smartphone will be available in Europe first most other parts of the world soon thereafter. The U.S. launch is uncertain. Pricing has not been announced.The device is manufactured by Sagem Wireless and is based on a proprietary operating system.

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