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Singapore's Verzio unveils a couple of firsts

One of them is what it calls the world's first 3G-enabled dual-SIM phone.

Duplii Crave Asia

Singapore-based Verzio has launched what it claims is the world's first dual-SIM phone with tri-band 3G, called Duplii. While not much has been revealed about how its dual-SIM functionality actually works, the handset apparently supports "simultaneous dual mode standby" and is "switch-capable between two incoming calls." The Duplii also comes with a 2-megapixel camera, 2.2-inch QVGA TFT display, expandable memory card slot, and a built-in music and video player.

In addition to Duplii, Verzio has announced the lower-end dual-SIM handset, Twinn, which it also claims is the world's first EDGE/E-GPRS tri-band dual-SIM slider phone. Some of its key features include a 1.3-megapixel camera, 2.2-inch QCIF TFT display, TransFlash card slot and multimedia player.

The Twinn Crave Asia

According to the company, Duplii and Twinn have launched only in the Philippines. However, it is in talks with distributors in Hong Kong and Singapore and expects a global launch in the first quarter of 2008. The Duplii and Twinn are retailing for $350 and $280, respectively.

Samsung has recently also announced its first dual-SIM handset, the SGH-D880. Slated for a Singapore rollout in December, the D880 will come with a 3-megapixel camera and FM radio, but not 3G/HSDPA.

(Source: Crave Asia)