Connect springs to Europe

BARCELONA, Spain--Emporia, an Austrian phone company, demoed its newest phone for seniors, the Emporia Connect during MWC. It will roll out in Europe this spring, with plans to launch in the U.S. afterward.

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2.8-inch display

Altogether, it measures 4.25 inches tall, 2.09 inches wide, 0.79 inch thick, and weighs in at 3.88 ounces. When you open the device up, you'll see a 2.8-inch TFT display with a 240x320-pixel resolution.

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Easy-to-press buttons

The generously sized number pad includes call and end call buttons, up and down navigational buttons (with the down key doubling as a shortcut to the address book), and buttons for favorite contacts, the menu, and camera. Below the number pad is a power button.

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Physical shortcut keys

On the right edge are two shortcut keys: one to open up the camera, and the other to turn on the camera's flash and use it as a flashlight.

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In case of an emergency

This heart button is for emergencies. Once pushed, it will begin dialing five preprogrammed numbers consecutively until it gets an answer.

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Capacity capabilities

The device works with a smartphone app called EmporiaMe. This app will allow a relative or carer to manage the Connect's contacts, photos, calendar, and reminders through his or her own smartphone. It also has a microSD card slot that's capable of holding up to 2GB of expandable memory.

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