In a bid to set itself apart from the smartphone competition, Lumigon, a small Danish manufacturer that has never launched a product, is aiming to ship this quarter an Android-based phone with amplification technology from Bang & Olufsen and an FM transmitter.
The Android-based smartphone market is dominated by large vendors such as Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, but Lumigon believes it will be able to compete by using "Scandinavian craftsmanship and design," with a combination of steel, aluminum and scratch-free glass, according to a company statement.
The Lumigon phone, dubbed the T1, was originally supposed to arrive during the early part of the second quarter, but is now scheduled to start shipping in small quantities during the fourth quarter, and then in larger volumes during the first quarter of next year.
Part of the reason for the delay was due to the decision to improve the product, including changing its design, adding a new screen and integrating Bang & Olufsen ICEpower amplification technology for better sound quality, according to Pekka Kotiranta, vice president of sales and marketing at Lumigon. Lumigon is a small company with limited resources, and not even Nokia, the biggest phone maker in the world, was able to deliver the N8 on time, Kotiranta said.
The T1 is based on Android version 2.2 and has a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a 480-by-800 pixel resolution, according to Lumigon. It comes with A-GPS and a 5-megapixel flash-equipped camera, and can also be used in a dock with an HDMI output, it said.
The Internet can be accessed using HSDPA (High-Speed Download Packet Access) at 14.4M bps (bits per second) or Wi-Fi.
The T1 will cost about €500 (US$698) before taxes and subsidies, according to Kotiranta.
Lumigon's second phone, the S1, is now scheduled to arrive during the third quarter of 2011.
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