Vodafone launches first 1 mega pixel camera phone in Europe

Vodafone today announced the launch of the exclusive Sharp GX30, the latest addition to its range of Vodafone live! mobile phones and the first mega-pixel (1 million pixels) camera phone on sale in the UK. The new phone follows the Sharp GX10, GX10i and the GX20.

The Japanese manufactured, quad-band Sharp GX30 comes with a built-in CCD camera capable of taking one million-pixel high quality images three times the resolution of most European camera phones.

The phone is available to new customers on pay monthly price plans for between £100 and £200 and as an upgrade for existing customers. This exclusive Vodafone live! phone also features a large colour screen with over 260,000 colours - four times the quality of the GX20 - five different size stills settings, a 7x digital zoom option, a removable SD memory card for greater storage and easy transfer, as well as an MP3 player.

Like its predecessor, it has a macro setting for taking close-ups and a light is fitted alongside the lens to light up objects when taking photos in poor light.

Available in retail stores from mid March 2004, the Sharp GX30 comes with a number of accessories available for purchase including spare batteries, hands-free kits and fully fitted car kits.

Technical specifications in full:
Quad band (GSM 850(North America)/900/1800/1900)
Built-in digital camera CCD 1 Mega-pixel
Digital zoom up to 7x
Picture size: up to 858 x 1144 pixels
Video record and playback function (10-20 seconds)
Main screen QVGA - 240 x 320 pixels, 260K colour system CGS LCD
External display: 64 x 96 pixels, 65K colour
Built-in torch for taking pictures in poor light
Built-in IrDA-port
Supports JAVATM technology
16-voice polyphonic ringtones
Bluetooth (voice only)
MP3 Player
Memory card 8 Mb
Battery life, Talk time: up to 210 minutes
Standby: up to 230 hours - 10 hours more than the Sharp GX20