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November 26, 2007

TechFaith Releasing New GSM/WiFi Phone and Two New Smartphones

By Patrick Barnard, TMCnet Assignment Editor

China-based cell phone designer TechFaith Wireless Communication Technology Limited is reportedly launching a new WiFi (News - Alert)-capable mobile phone called "Wing" and two new dual-mode smartphones with the internal codenames "Pluto" and "Vista 850."

The company reports that “Wing” is ready for shipment. The GSM phone, which supports SIP-based VoIP via WiFi, will hit store shelves in early 2008.

The company reports that it has a dual mode WCDMA/WiFi phone currently in development.

Meanwhile the “Pluto” and “Vista 850” are based on Windows 6.0. Each features a 2.0 megapixel camera, an MP3 and MPEG4 player, push mail and Bluetooth capabilities. “Pluto” reportedly offers GPS, while “Vista 850” is a slim music phone with a 3.5mm audio jack and a flash user interface.

TechFaith's (News - Alert) business includes handset design, mobile phone solutions, data cards and wireless modules, application software and the development of smartphones and pocket PCs. With the capability of developing MMI/UI software on GSM/GPRS, CDMA1X, EVDO, WCDMA/UMTS, HSDPA and TD-SCDMA technologies, the company is able to provide MMI/UI software packages that fulfill the specifications of handset brand owners and major global operators.

TechFaith offers a range of wireless application software including WAP, Java, MMS, WWW browser, SyncML and DRM. It also offers solutions for upper layer software of mobile handsets. The firm is reportedly developing smartphone software based on open operating systems including Linux and Windows Mobile.

For more information, visit www.techfaithwireless.com.


Patrick Barnard is Assignment Editor for TMCnet and Associate Editor for Customer Interaction Solutions magazine. To see more of his articles, please visit Patrick Barnard’s columnist page.

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