NTT DoCoMo, Inc. has unveiled specifications of its new 505i mobile phones, a series of six enhanced-PDC (2G) i-mode compatible models equipped for advanced i-appli™ applications based on Macromedia Flash™ and Java technology. Each 505i model also comes with a camera, infrared port and external memory slot. DoCoMo expects to introduce the models one by one beginning in mid-May.
Macromedia Flash browser for rich content
The 505i series incorporates Macromedia Flash in its browser, allowing users to access a broad range of rich content and applications enhanced with highly fluid animation.
Enhanced i-appli (“i-appli DX”)
The 505i series is equipped for “i-appli DX,” a new service from DoCoMo, to handle a wider range of Java-enabled content. A 200K Scratch Pad, double the size of Scratch Pads in the former 504i and 504iS models, enables more data to be downloaded at one time, thus reducing required number of connections.
Benefits of “i-appli DX” include:
– Highly customize the phone’s address book, call log, etc.
– Download complex content by accessing multiple servers (current i-appli downloads from a single server only)
– Exchange data using i-appli applications, or send information to i-appli sites via i-mode mail
– Automatic updates of “i-area™” (location-based service) content
Enhanced storage capacity
Enhanced storage capacity enables 505i models to store up to 20K of data for browser pages and ringing tones each, meaning, for example longer, better-quality ringing tones.
Extra-friendly i-mode mail
Already adopted for , users can decide in advance which e-mails to download by checking each e-mail’s subject line, sender name and receipt date/time.
Extremely high-resolution cameras
Each 505i phone is equipped with a high-resolution camera for taking still pictures. Some models offer resolution of 1 mega to 1.3 mega pixels, similar to that of a digital camera. The 505i series comes with high-quality LCDs for beautiful reproduction of high-resolution pictures taken with these cameras. Cameras in some models can also take video clips. In addition, 505i cameras read JAN- and QR-standard barcodes for easy retrieval of data from printed materials.
Each 505i phone has a port for infrared-communication applications, such as using the phone for a simple remote controller for the basic operation of electronic devices such as TVs and VCRs.
External memory storage
505i phones accept “Memory Stick Duo” and “miniSD” memory cards for data storage and data exchange with other similarly equipped devices (printers, etc.).