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Verizon Wireless announces its first 3.2 megapixel camera phone - the Samsung SCH-a990
Posted: 06-Jul-2006 [Source: Verizon Wireless]

[New SCH-a990 takes high-res photos rivaling digital camera quality plus offers Bluetooth plus music, video and game capabilities.]

Basking Ridge, NJ and Dallas -- Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) and Verizon Wireless announce the availability of the SCH-a990, the first 3.2 mega pixel digital camera phone available to Verizon Wireless customers. The SCH-a990 enables photo enthusiasts to take high-resolution photos of a similar print quality as a standalone digital camera. In addition, the SCH-a990 boasts a number of media features, including video recording capabilities, V CAST to view video and V CAST Music to download music directly to the phone and Bluetooth wireless technology, to allow a customer to print pictures wirelessly from the SCH-a990 to a Bluetooth-enabled printer basic print profile.

The SCH-a990 has a unique design that looks first like a phone and then, when the screen is rotated 180 degrees, like a camera. This innovative design, along with the high resolution and features such as a flash and in-camera photo editing software, make the SCH-a990 the first mobile device that is as much a camera as it is a multimedia phone.

The SCH-a990 is also a strong V CAST multimedia phone with full music, video and game capabilities on a high-resolution screen. V CAST Music lets customers play music on their wireless phones -- the same device they have come to rely upon for entertainment, information and mobile communication. V CAST customers can browse, preview, download and play high-quality digital music from their SCH-a990 over Verizon Wireless broadband network -- the most award-winning wireless broadband network in the nation or from the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music online store using a personal computer.

With V CAST on the SCH-a990, customers can view video clips from the hottest names in entertainment, news, sports and more in the palms of their hands. V CAST is currently available to more than 150 million Americans from coast to coast.

The new SCH-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 mega pixel digital camera with flash, auto focus, picture editor, PictBridge Digital Printing, Zoom, TV-out and 180 degree Swivel Screen

* V CAST-capable: V CAST Music download songs over the air or transfer your own music collection onto removable microSDTM memory cards* + Device supports dedicated external Music keys for easy use and listening pleasre. V CAST 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 2.0SM -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

* T-9 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 SCH-a990 is available for $349.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement and is available today online at www.verizonwireless.com and will be available in more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on July 24, 2006.

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