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Grundig B700

 Grundig B700 Expected 2007
9th March 2007

We've had our eye on Grundig Mobile for a little while, which despite its German-sounding name is actually a brand used by the Spanish mobile phone manufacturer Vitelcom.

One of Grundig Mobiles's latest offerings is the Grundig B700, a BlackBerry-like messaging phone running a version of the Linux operating system.

It looks like it has a QWERTY keyboard, but we understand that the Grundig B700 uses a version of SureType with two letters per phone, as with the BlackBerry Pearl. The screen is a large 2.4" 320x240 pixel TFT display in 262,000 colours and the Grudig B700 also features a 2 megapixel camera, microSD expandable memory (with 100MB of internal memory), an MP3 player, FM radio and Bluetooth (although it is not stated whether the B700 supports stereo Bluetooth, but it certainly does have stereo output to the supplied wired headset).


Of course, a device like this is designed for email and this is where it gets a little vague - Grundig Mobile say that the B700 supports a "POP3 Push Email Client".. but POP3 is a Pull technology. However, as Vitelcom also owns the mobile technology firm Purple Labs, it's quite possible that something clever has been developed in house. Remember, the B700 is a Linux device so the software can potentially be adapted for a number of email solutions.

Impressively, the Grundig B700 weighs just 89 grams and is only 10mm thick. That makes it only about two thirds of the weight and thickness of the new BlackBerry 8800, although the BlackBerry has a full QWERTY keyboard and a much better battery life. It's a quad-band GSM device with GPRS and EDGE data, and Grundig Mobile quote the battery life as a minimum of 2.5 hours talk and 6 days standby time.

Certainly in terms of features the Grundig B700 looks to be a very competitive device with quite a lot of potential, although at present Grundig Mobile haven't given an estimate of price or availability. It's quite possible that it might turn up with something other than the Grundig Mobile name as Vitelcom work closely with networks such as Bouygues Telecom of France and Telefónica from Spain (who also own O2), plus SkySpring of Korea and the Chinese firm Xcute.

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Grundig Mobile B700 at a glance




GSM 850/900/1800/1900




240x320 pixels, 262k colours


2 megapixels


Slim messaging device
105 x 68 x 10mm / 89 grams



Memory card:








Battery life:

2.5 hours talk / 6 days standby


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