Telephone services provider Sprint (Overland Park, KS, U.S.) and Sanyo Wireless Communications (Chatsworth, CA, U.S.) introduced Sanyo’s first multimedia phone. The Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Phone MM-7400 allows customers to view on-demand streaming video and audio and lets them shoot VGA (Video Graphics Array-standard) pictures and 30-sec video clips with the integrated camera/camcorder.
The phone is equipped with two displays: a 2.1-in (5.3-cm) internal TFT LCD (176 pixels wide by 220 pixels high) 65K color screen (65,536 colors), and an external 1.0-in (2.5-cm) (64 pixels wide by 64 pixels high) TFT LCD, 65K color screen.
The camera offers High, Medium, and Low Resolution selections: VGA (640 by 480), QVGA (320 by 240), and QQVGA (160 by 120). In the Medium (QVGA) resolution setting, it has digital zoom capability of 1 to 8 steps (1.0 to 4.0x); in the Low (QQVGA) resolution setting, it offers a digital zoom capability of 1 to 20 steps (1.0 to 7.4x). The camera allows the user to take photos in a number of color modes, including Normal, Sepia, Black & White, Negative, Posterization, Emboss, and Drawing. Image adjustment includes auto or manual brightness control and several levels of automatic, preset, and manual white balance control. The In Camera folder stores 39 photos taken at 640 by 480 resolution, while a Saved to Phone folder stores up to 184 pictures at 176 by 220 resolution. A voice memo attachment feature allows the user to record up to 10 sec of voice per message to send with the photo. Photos can be send to a compatible phone, to an e-mail address, or to a Sprint server for later access.
Video resolution selections include Good or QCIF (176 by 144) and Medium or sQCIF (128 by 96). In the QCIF, mode the phone offers a digital zoom of 1 to 12 steps (1.0 to 7.4x); in SQCIF mode it offers a digital zoom of 1 to 18 steps (1.0 to 14x). The phone will store 15 sec of Rich quality video, 20 sec of Normal quality video, or 30 sec of Economy quality video. Automatic and manual brightness controls are offered, along with automatic, manual, and several preset white balance settings. The phone will store 16 video clips in the In Camcorder folder and 8 clips in the Saved To Phone folder.
The phone also allows access to the Internet via the WAP 2.0 browser and allows for downloading files and applications. Supported downloads include MIDP 2.0 JAVA applications (J2ME and MIDIet); images in PNG, JPEG, BMP and WBMP formats; audio in MIDI, 13kQCELP, CMX Ringer, and AAC formats; and video in MPEG4, 3GPP2, and 3GPP formats.
The phone has a total downloadable memory of 2,816 KB, including files in the Saved to Phone folder.
The integrated camera has a built-in three-mode flash, and the camcorder has a movie light to improve low-light video.
The phone is 3.64 in high by 1.97 in wide by 1.13 in deep and weighs 4.06 oz.