KYOCERA Wireless Brings Video and Megapixel Resolution to Wireless Camera Phones for Movicom BellSouth in Argentina
KYOCERA Koi Offers 1.2 Megapixel Resolution, MMS Capability and a Unique Swivel Design for Users of All Ages
Buenos Aires -- (September 21, 2004) - Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets, today announced the commercial availability of its Kyocera Koi 1.2 megapixel camera phone with Movicom BellSouth in Argentina, the first network operator in the world to offer the phone. Koi features the abilities to record 15-second MPEG-4 video clips and take photographs with four times the resolution of traditional VGA-resolution camera phones. Unlike images from VGA camera phones, megapixel-resolution images from Koi can generate photo-quality prints up to 10cm x 15cm. Movicom BellSouth customers will also be able to take advantage of the MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service) capabilities of Koi, allowing videos and megapixel photos to be transmitted and received over the air via the phone.*
Koi's unique "swivel" form factor makes it stand out in a crowd and offers easy one-button operation of the camera, which can be used with the phone swiveled open or closed. Rotated to the closed position Koi looks and feels like an actual digital camera, making it easier to use than flip phones for snapping pictures or recording video. The 1.2 megapixel camera phone also features a built-in flash and 5X digital zoom to expand picture-taking options, MPEG-4 video record and playback, and 16 megabytes of onboard memory for storing high- and low-resolution images, up to 200 photo caller ID entries, multimedia files and downloaded games. "Movicom BellSouth customers in Argentina are not only very fashion-conscious but are also looking for innovative features and capabilities that will ease and improve their lives, such as video record and playback," said Lee Ittner, vice president of international sales and business development for Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Koi brings innovation and style together to offer a camera phone that is easy to use and takes camera-quality photographs, making it unlike any other mobile handset offered in Argentina."
Koi features an exceptionally large 262,000-color external display for easy viewing of the Internet, images, videos and games. Like the device's camera, the phone can also function with the phone swiveled open or closed and the phone automatically goes into "camera" mode when the protective lens cover is opened, allowing for spontaneous picture taking. Kyocera also created an exclusive "pinwheel" menu option for Koi to allow users to quickly scroll through the phone's many features. Integrated MMS/picture messaging allows users to send high- or low-resolution images from the phone to other MMS-enabled phones or to email accounts of family, friends and colleagues.*
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. Kyocera Wireless maintains an operating belief in the genius of simplicity and strives to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2004, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP¥ 1,140,814 million) with net income of approximately US$655 million (JP¥ 68,086 million).
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