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Round-up: mobile phones at CES

Another hot category at CES this year is mobile phones, with Sony Ericsson and Motorola releasing major handsets and Nokia chipping in with some nifty Bluetooth headsets. Here's a round-up of some of the big stories

Although many of the mobile phones at CES are designed for use on US networks, there are some that should also be released on this side of the pond.

Sony Ericsson has announced a new Walkman phone, the Satin Black W810i (pictured right). If you thought the W800i (reviewed here) was too cream and orange, but liked the feature set, this could be the phone for you. Like the W800i, it has a dedicated Walkman button for accessing the built-in music player and comes with a 512MB Memory Stick PRO Duo for storing songs. It also has a 2-megapixel camera.

Bonnie Cha couldn't get Motorola to commit to a launch date for the eagerly awaited Motorola Q, leaving the Palm Treo 700w as the standout phone-with-Qwerty-keyboard.

Kent German took a look at Motorola's Rokr E2, the follow-up to the much-maligned Rokr E1 (reviewed here). The new version dumps iTunes in favour of Motorola's own music software, increases the miserable 100-song limit to a more reasonable 500, adds FM radio, and upgrades the VGA camera to a 1.3-megapixel model. Is it any more stylish? Watch the Motorola Rokr E2 video and make your own call.

No news about the Motorola SLVR L7, reports Kent German, but we've seen it in shops in London, so it looks like we're getting the jump on the Americans. It has the styling and slim profile of the Razr V3 (reviewed here), but without the hinge.

Nicole Lee looked at the Motorola Txtr, a keyboard that connects to your mobile phone via Bluetooth, making it easier to type text messages. She also saw the O Rokr, the latest lovechild of the Oakley sunglasses/Bluetooth headset partnership.

Nokia has announced three new Bluetooth headsets, including the cute BH-800, which Nicole Lee likens to a piece of candy. Motorola has an even smaller headset, the H5 Miniblue.

Finally, if you've been anticipating the arrival of fuel-cell batteries, the wait is almost over. Rafe Needleman reports that Medis Technologies will release its Power Pak product this year. It's a container of liquid fuel that can be used, via an appropriate adaptor, to recharge portable devices such as phones and iPods.

Visit our CES 2006 Special Report for more coverage. -ML