Back at MWC, Sagem announced a new device headed towards the UK market, the Puma Phone. Last week the device popped up in FCC's system, and appears to have gained the green light.
This device is pretty neat and is coming to the market with a different approach to things. The press release declared the phone a smartphone, but appears to be more along the lines of a multi-media feature phone that packs a heavy spec sheet. The phone will come with its own operating system and user interface designed by Puma. Being the sports clothing company that they are, the Puma Phone will come with a pedometer, walk/run/bike applications, a stopwatch, and a few other sports-related apps, but it doesn't stop there. It also comes with a “turntable” music app, and a neat “carpet” style options menu where you pull up the bottom of the screen to reveal different settings for each application.
The one thing that truly sets this device apart though, is the solar cell on the back of the phone. This isn't meant to replace an AC wall charger, but is helpful to get a little more juice while out in the sun and can get you in touch with your eco-friendly self.
The key features of the Puma Phone are:
- Integrated solar cell, with charge indicator
- Touchscreen: 2.8-inch thumbable screen with 240 x 320 QVGA resolution and TFT wide viewing angle
- Camera: 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash and x6 zoom; Bluetooth photo sharing
- Video: VGA video call camera; full screen video playback, with video recording and streaming and progressive video download
- Music: wide range of music formats with playlist support and FM radio
- Localisation: GPS, compass, geotagging, routing and mapping
- Sports: pedometer, GPS tracker and stopwatch
- Internet: Open internet browsing, with WAP Push
- Messaging: Mobile email client and mobile web mail notification; instant messaging; MMS and SMS
- HSPA and W-CDMA/EDGE/GPRS/GSM connectivity; Bluetooth; USB 2.0
- Talk time up to 5 hours with 350 hours stand-by time; video call time 140 minutes; music player time 24 hours; video player time 5 hours
- Tablet form factor; 115g weight and dimensions of 102mm x 56mm x 13mm
To get a better understanding of some of the features, check out Engadget's hands-on video from MWC here. For now, the phone is only headed for Europe, but being a quad-band phone, I expect it will eventually be headed to other markets internationally. As more information is released on this neat little device, we will be sure to keep you posted!