Posted on 21-May-2003 07:51
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Nokia introduced a mobile phone with pen input capability optimised for messaging and designed for Chinese language users in Asia Pacific markets. Developed at Nokia's Product Creation Centre in Beijing, the Nokia 6108 has tri-band (GSM 900/1800/1900) functionality, a high resolution colour display, MMS* (Multimedia Messaging Service), Java(TM), a built-in email client, an XHTML browser, a "Chinese-English-Chinese" dictionary and enhanced features for Chinese language users in the region. The Nokia 6108 will be commercially available in Asia Pacific markets during the third quarter of 2003.
Developed for Chinese language users in Asia Pacific, the unique form factor of the Nokia 6108 was created by designers in Nokia's Product Creation Centre in Beijing. One of Nokia's global R&D sites, the Nokia Product Creation Centre in Beijing has played a key role in the design and creation of this new pen-based Nokia 6108 to cater to the local needs in China and other markets in the Asia Pacific region.
"As one of Nokia's largest market worldwide, China is of great importance to us for our global success. The Product Creation Centre in Beijing bears testimony to Nokia's commitment in this market. We believe that localisation is key for markets in this region, which have unique consumer needs and preferences. As we are now witnessing the mass market uptake of SMS in China, the introduction of an intuitive pen-based mobile phone will be ideal in meeting consumers' needs," said Robert Andersson, Senior Vice President, Nokia Mobile Phones, Asia Pacific.
"Nokia's understanding of the China market and consumer needs is reflected in the strong Chinese-motivated design and features incorporated in the Nokia 6108. The design of the Nokia 6108 with a stylus attached to the back of the phone was inspired by the historic Terracotta warriors, depicting a Chinese warrior carrying a sword on his back. In view of the growing popularity of messaging in China, we believe that the Nokia 6108 will present a very attractive offering to the broader consumer segment in China and this region with its intuitive pen input capability to enhance messaging and other features such as the "Chinese-English-Chinese" dictionary, an extensive set of Chinese characters and the Lunar Calendar," said Colin Giles, Vice President & General Manager, Nokia Mobile Phones China.
Designed with a built-in touch pad and an easy-grip, non-slip stylus, the Nokia 6108 enabled by its intuitive pen input capability recognises the handwriting of both Chinese and Latin characters for convenient message sending and note taking. The phone supports both handwriting and keymat input. To utilise the handwriting recognition feature, lifting the keymat will reveal a built-in touch pad which allows the easy entry of both Chinese and Latin characters.
Another new and attractive feature, which will appeal to Chinese language users is the "Chinese-English-Chinese" dictionary offered in the Nokia 6108. The dictionary provides a direct translation of Chinese words to English and vice versa. Other enhanced features for Chinese language users include an extensive Chinese characters set, the Lunar Calendar and an attractive range of themed wallpapers depicting the five Chinese elements - Metal, Wood, Water, Earth and Fire.
With support for 4096 colours, the Nokia 6108's high-resolution colour display (128 x 128 pixels) enhances the XHTML browsing, calendar entry and phonebook features as well as enriches the use of Java applications, MMS and games. The phone also supports a host of new animated graphics, polyphonic ringtones and an integrated handsfree speaker.