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World's thinnest 3G clamshell launched

Docomo's wew handsets are 11.4mm thick

NTT DoCoMo has taken the wraps off a new line of mobile phones including two that jointly hold the claim to thinnest 3G (third generation) clamshell handset in the world.

The handsets, NEC's N903iμ and Panasonic's P903iμ, are just 11.4 mm thick. That beats all other WCDMA (wideband code division multiple access) handsets on the market, said NTT DoCoMo. They'll go on sale in Japan in February at prices yet to be announced, but won't be available in the UK.

There are thinner clamshell phones. Samsung's Ultra Edition handset is 9.9mm thick, but that's a 2G (second generation) model. A 3G version of the phone, which is on sale in Japan through rival-carrier Softbank Mobile, measures 12.3mm. There are also thinner 3G handsets. One of the phones launched today by NTT DoCoMo is 9.9mm thick but it's a candybar-style phone.

Features of the new phones include a 1.3mp camera. The N903iμ has a 2.3in display while the P903iμ's screen is slightly smaller at 2.2in. Battery life is given in standby as around 500 hours for the NEC phone and 270 hours for the Panasonic model in average use. Talk time is 200 minutes and 120 minutes, respectively.

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