Panasonic is to launch a mobile phone based on the Symbian operating system and Nokia's Series 60 interface in July.
The X700 handset is an upgrade on the company's existing X70 telephone and will be the smallest Symbian-based handset on the market when it launches, said Bob Morioka, managing director of Panasonic's overseas mobile terminal division.
Compatible with the GSM standard used in most of the world, the X700 will be aimed at business users in the European market and as a mid- to high-end handset in the Chinese market.
The main differences between the X700 and X70 are the operating system - the X70 is based on a proprietary operating system developed by Panasonic - and the digital still-camera function, which will offer roughly three times the resolution thanks to a 300,000-pixel image sensor. It will be physically slightly larger than the X70 but retain the clamshell shape. Most other features will be similar.
Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service