FONE F3 and F3c Preview
26th July 2006
our review of the MOTOFONE F3 here
FONE F3 (also known as the MOTOFONE)
is a very slim bar format phone that's due to hit the
market by the end of the year. There are two versions
- the FONE F3 is a GSM
handset, the F3c is a CDMA
version for North America and other CDMA markets.
We understand that the FONE
is 9mm thick which makes it one of the slimmest handsets
on the market, but the main point of interest with the
is the display.
say that the so-called "ClearVision" panel uses
(EPD) technology, which
in effect is a type of digital ink. An EPD
display consists of a
number of particles (typically suspended in some sort
of fluid) which have a light side and a dark size. An
electric charge "flips" the particle over.
It's rather like a microscopic reversi board, with dark
and light sides to each particle.
There are a some major advantages
that EPD displays
have over more traditional panels such as TFT or OLED
technologies. Firstly, the screen can be read even in
direct sunlight as it behaves just like a printed piece
of paper, and secondly the energy consumption of an
EPD display is very low, and as electrophoretic
displays are basically
quite simple there's a potential for saving space and
weight. There are a couple of major disadvantages -
it's a monochrome-only solution, and in low lighting
conditions the electrophoretic
display will be very difficult
to read as it has no internal illumination of it's own
(unless Motorola have been very clever indeed).
Motorola have designed the phone.. err
be durable and dust resistant, and also very easy to
use with a simple interface and voice prompts, plus
a "loud" setting for noisy environments. The
seems to be aimed at the lower end of the market, as
there's no mention of a MP3 player and no sign of expandable
memory - and also the FONE
F3 comes with a variety
of functions to help prepay/pay-as-you-go customers
to keep track of charges.
It's certainly an interesting handset
when it comes to the display, and it might even
mean a renaissance for monochrome displays as the electrophoretic
display panel does have
certain advantages over a traditional LCD.
The rest of the technical details of
the Motorola FONE F3
/ F3c are not known at
the time of going to press, but they will presumably
be confirmed at a later date.
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