Last fall, I wrote about the Samsung Instinct HD cell phone that could capture HD video. Now comes news that SonyEricsson is following suit. The new Vivaz is a 3G touchscreen phone that can record 720p video using the 8.1-megapixel camera. (The phone originally was known as the “Kurara”.) Apparently, the press release announcing the product may have be posted prematurely, as it appears that it has since been taken down, but not until after the information got posted to a host of Web sites. According to various reports, the phone is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2010, but the company has not announced any specific plans to market it in the U.S.
The cell phone continues to become the kitchen sink of mobile devices, able to do just about anything you might want to do while on the go. As I’ve stated before, this is probably motivated more by the need to differentiate products from the competition than it is by the user demand for more features. But clearly this trend shows no signs of slowing down, so expect cell phones to continue to evolve into the Swiss Army knives of the consumer electronics market.