By Tony Henning
At 3GSM on Monday, Nokia introduced the new 6136 clamshell camera-phone, which integrates UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) technology to allow for seamless handover of voice and data connections between GSM cellular and WLAN networks. The quad-band GSM handset (EDGE/GSM 850/900/1800/1900) supports 802.11 b/g, with automatic switching between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. The Nokia 6136 also includes a new DARP (Downlink Advanced Receiver Performance) radio receiver, which enhances the radio performance of the device. Studies from 3GPP have indicated that DARP increases the operator network capacity by 40-70 per cent. For consumers, DARP brings improved voice quality and higher data throughput.
In addition to UMA technology, the 6136 has a1.3-megapixel camera with dedicated camera button and smooth 8x digital zoom, video recording at QCIF (176 x 144), 15 fps, up to the capacity of the available memory, FM stereo radio with Visual Radio, music and video players, and dual color displays — a 1.8-inch, 128 x 160-pixel, 262,144-color TFT LCD main display and a 1.4-inch, 96 x 65-pixel, 65,536-color CSTN sub-display. The phone has Infrared and Pop-port interface with USB connectivity, Adobe Flash Player, and support for hot-swappable microSD cards. The Nokia 6136, which measures 90 x 46 x 23.6 mm and weighs 98 g, is expected to be available during the second quarter of 2006, with Orange scheduled to be an initial carrier.
In support of the new UMA handset, Nokia also launched its UMA network solution, which enables the use of broadband and unlicensed access technologies, such as WLAN (Wi-Fi) to offer and expand mobility to users of voice and data services. Nokia says UMA can also be a useful approach to extending GSM indoor coverage. Nokia also launched a new release of the Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), building on successful deployments of Nokia IMS applications such as Push to talk over Cellular and Video Sharing. Nokia IMS Release 2.0 now brings VoIP and real-time multimedia also for fixed networks. Nokia IMS 2.0 release is compliant with 3GPP IMS specifications, as well as with the Next Generation Network architecture defined by ETSI TISPAN. It will be available in the second half 2006.
We think the release of the new camera-phone and supporting network
technology is significant. The handful of phones introduced so far that support
both local and wide-area wireless networks has been expensive — and relatively
clunky — smartphones targeted at business users. The Wi-Fi was included
primarily so well heeled road warriors could log on at public hotspots to check
their email and download the latest business documents. This new phone is a compact
clamshell model loaded with multimedia features (as well as support for IMAP4,
POP3, SMTP - TCP/IP based email clients) and, although we don’t yet know the
pricing, we’re guessing it’s aimed at more mainstream users — not just business
executives. The support for VoIP in the new release of the Nokia IMS is also
significant. As we’ve noted in our latest report — Mobile Imaging and the Future of Bandwidth: The Battle for Network
Control — the growth of VoIP, metro-scale Wi-Fi, and dual-mode handsets spells
good news for Mobile Imaging but presents an interesting challenge for
mainstream wireless carriers. Info on the report is available at https://www.futureimage.com
used by permission Future Image Mobile Imaging Report