Verizon Wireless set a new standard for mobile camera phones today with the availability of the Samsung A990, the first 3.2-megapixel digital camera phone available in the U.S. Enabling photo enthusiasts to take high-resolution photos of a similar print quality as a standalone digital camera, the A990 boasts a number of media features, including video recording capabilities, VCAST to view video and VCAST Music to download music directly to the phone and Bluetooth wireless technology, to allow a customer to print pictures wirelessly from the A990 to a Bluetooth-enabled printer basic print profile.
Using a unique design, the A990 looks first like a phone and then, when the screen is rotated 180 degrees, like a camera with a high resolution screen and features such as a flash and in-camera photo editing software.
As a strong VCAST multimedia phone with full music, video and game capabilities on a high-resolution screen, customers play music on their wireless phones - the same device they have come to rely upon for entertainment, information and mobile communication. VCAST customers can browse, preview, download and play high-quality digital music from the A990 over Verizon Wireless' broadband network, or from a personal computer.
With VCAST on the A990, customers can view video clips from the hottest names in entertainment, news, sports and more in the palms of their hands. VCAST is currently available to more than 150 million Americans from coast to coast.
The A990 also supports Verizon Wireless' VZ Navigator, a tool for customers that includes mapping, audible turn-by-turn navigation and the ability to find over 14 million points of interest. Other key features include:
- 3.2-megapixel digital camera with flash, auto focus, picture editor, PictBridge Digital Printing, zoom, TV-out and 180 degree swivel screen
- VCAST Music - download songs over the air or transfer your own music collection onto removable microSD memory cards
- Device supports dedicated external Music keys for easy use and listening pleasure
- VCAST Video and 3D Games - download or stream video from the best names in news, sports, entertainment and more or download the latest 3D games from top providers
- Get It Now-capable - download games, ring tones, wallpapers and more
- Mobile Web 2.0-capable - customizable, enhanced wireless access to the latest in news, sports, weather and more
Camcorder with up to one-hour recording time
- TXT, PIX and FLIX Messaging capabilities
- Bluetooth wireless technology supports a basic print profile as well as headset, hands free, serial port and dial up networking profiles
- Expandable memory with microSD memory card slot
- Voice dialing with advanced speech recognition
- Quick Search support to find menu items and contacts
- Business Card Scan capability
- Dimensions: 3.80" x 1.88" x .82", 4.40 ounces with standard battery
- T9 easy text input
- TTY compatible
- Bilingual user interface: English and Spanish
- Personal organizer with calendar, calculator, to-do list, currency converter, alarm clock, world time, and a stop watch
The A990 is available for $349.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement and is available today online. It will be available in stores on July 24, 2006.