Panasonic's Line Up for 2005
2004 was a grim year for Panasonic with a series
of products that were very late to be delivered to market,
and not all were well received by customers. Panasonic's
2005 product range, announced at 3GSM are very much
improved, but given Panasonic's dire state we doubt
very much if they can deliver in time or make any sizable
impression on the market when they arrive. However,
it's possible this new product range could turn around
Apart from the VS/SA/MX
range of phones, there are a number of very different
handsets being offered.
Probably the flagship phone from the
current crop, the X800 fits in with slimline
theme, coming in at 17.2mm but squeezing
in a Symbian Series 60 smartphone which
can edit Microsoft Office documents and
store data on a miniSD card.
Exact details aren't known at the time
of going to press, but the X800 will most
likely have a similar screen size to other
Symbian smartphones, support Bluetooth,
and come with a good range of applications.
However, Panasonic's previous smartphone
attempt, the X700
was little short of a disaster. After being
delivered nearly a year late, in many markets
it failed to make any kind of impression
at all and was hastily discounted to clear
A lightweight, simple handset weighing
68 grams and with a 128x128 pixel 65,000
colour display but no camera, very similar
in concept to the X100
Another lightweight, basic handset, this
time with a camera. In hardware terms very
much like a more sober version of the X200.
Unfortunately, handset details are sketchy
and supplied photographs are not of good quality due
to the shortcomings of Panasonic's press department.
We're not even sure when these handsets will hit the
market, if ever. There is also a 3G phone being launched,
the VS9 but since Panasonic haven't bothered to share
any details at all, then we can't tell you about it.
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