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Grundig preps slim Linux media phones

updated 02:35 pm EST, Mon February 26, 2007

Grundig U900 and X900

Normally associated with its stereos, Grundig has launched a duo of cellphones meant to tackle the fiercely competitive ultra-thin market. As the firm's new flagship, the Linux-based U900 is designed around 3G wireless. Though measuring 0.55 inches thick, the phone has room for both a rear 2-megapixel camera and a front VGA camera for sending videos across a UMTS mobile broadband connection. Live video streaming is also made possible by the enhanced support, Grundig says. A healthy 100MB of built-in flash stores media onboard helps casual users avoid resorting to the microSD card slot for added storage. An FM radio is also built-in for an alternative to the user's own collection.

Read through for Grundig's second phone and product shots.

The X900 shifts the attention towards offline video, dropping the VGA camera and UMTS but stepping up the rear camera to 3 megapixels with macro focus and zoom. It also sees a rare TV output for displaying clips on a larger screen. Music is just as crucial as with the U900 with the same external controls, FM radio, and a slightly reduced 82MB of built-in memory (plus a microSD card slot) handling the phone's library of MP3 and AAC songs.

Both phones should be available soon in Europe for an unlisted price; each stands a chance of arriving in North America thanks to support for the necessary 850MHz GSM frequency in the tri-band X900 and quad-band U900. [via Mobile Review]



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