It seems that they were busy doing research while the other biggies were releasing phones. And now that they have done their homework, they are out with a bang. I am talking about the Haier V8810 meant for China.
The clamshell phone has absolutely no keypad and is completely dependent on the touch pad for any kind of input. The main display is a 65,000 colors TFT screen. Features include a 1.3 megapixel camera with flash ; a high resolution display and complete handwriting recognition sofware. The phone is expected to retail at approximately 250 US Dollars.
While touchpad phones are not uncommon, what sets the V8810 seperate is the fact that it is a clamshell and these are usually with keypads. The only purpose that a clamshell design serves in the case of the V8810 is protecting the screen. The Haier V8810 also supports DV recording.
(DV is an international standard created by a consortium of 10 companies for a consumer digital video format. The companies involved were Matsushita Electric Industrial Corp (Panasonic), Sony Corp, Victor Corporation of Japan (JVC), Philips Electronics, N.V., Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd, Hitachi, Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Thompson Multimedia, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and Toshiba Corporation. Since then others have joined up; there are now over 60 companies in the DV consortium. )