Samsung SCH-V8400 Cell Phone
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s latest cell phone, the SCH-V8400, is its thinnest slider-type handset yet. The phone follows a trend for thin phones that was kicked off with Motorola's Razr. But unlike the Razr, which was a clamshell, the new Samsung handset is a slider type. Despite the change in style, the new phone is much the same size as its clamshell competitors. It's 15.9 millimeters deep, thicker than the Razr's 13.0 mm. It is also slightly longer at 101.5 mm, compared to 98 mm for the Razr, but it's in the width where the new slider scores. The phone is 45.4 mm wide, which is less than the 53-mm wide Razr, and at 92 grams it is also lighter. The phone is designed for use on South Korean CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) networks so don't look for it overseas. Features include a 1.3-megapixel resolution camera, an MP3 player, and the Picsel file viewer software for PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and text files. It costs between US$700 and $800 in South Korea.
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R&D Corner: Canon Hydrogen Fuel Cell
Canon has unveiled a prototype hydrogen fuel cell it has developed to power portable electronics products such as digital still cameras. The prototype, which is the result of several years' research, was shown in Tokyo in October fitted inside the extension battery pack for Canon's EOS Kiss Digital N professional digital still camera. At present, the fuel cell provides about the same amount of power as a rechargeable Lithium-Ion of the same size, but Canon's goal is for the fuel cell to offer three to five times the amount of power, Canon said. While many of Canon's domestic competitors are also working on fuel-cell technology there's a difference between the device Canon showed and many of those shown to date. Fuel cells produce electricity when hydrogen reacts with oxygen through a catalyst, and most companies are working on fuel cells that derive hydrogen from methanol fuel. Canon's prototype uses hydrogen as the fuel. It's not expected to become a commercial product for several years.