ST-Ericsson Meets Rising Demand for Rich Dual-SIM Phones
Samsung’s Dual-SIM Dual-Standby handset is based on ST-Ericsson’s high-value entry, multimedia platform
Geneva, Switzerland - ST-Ericsson announced that Samsung, a global leader in mobile technology, has chosen two ST-Ericsson platforms to underpin its Dual-SIM Dual-Standby handsets, the E2152 and the Ch@t 322. As well as supporting an array of multimedia features, ST-Ericsson’s low-cost and power-efficient G4852 and G4906 GSM/GPRS platforms allow two SIM cards to be used in one handset simultaneously, enabling consumers to easily make or receive calls over two different networks or via two different subscriptions. All of ST-Ericsson’s single chip 2G/EDGE platforms support Dual-SIM Dual-Standby.
The Samsung E2152, which went on sale in Europe and Asia in September, weighs just over 80 grams, yet offers talk-time of up 11 hours and standby time of up to 660 hours. The Samsung Ch@t 322 was launched in Russia in November and will then be progressively rolled out to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Southeast Asia, India, China, Middle East, and Africa. It offers talk-time of up to 11 hours and stand-by time of up to 500 hours. These compact handsets can be used to browse the web and social networks, capture still photographs and videos, listen to and record FM radio, download and play MP3 files, while also supporting file transfer via Bluetooth. The Ch@t 322 has also a QWERTY keyboard, which makes it particular appealing to business travellers and social network enthusiasts.
“Many people are looking to buy highly-capable Dual-SIM Dual-Standby handsets that make it easy for them to use two different networks or two different numbers,” said Hyungmoon Noh, Vice President of R&D Planning Team at Samsung Electronics. “ST-Ericsson’s robust and cost-effective platforms are enabling us to respond quickly to this fast rising demand with compelling feature-rich handsets that everyone can afford.”
Strategy Analytics forecasts that 206 million Dual-SIM Dual-Standby handsets will be sold worldwide in 2014, compared with 41 million in 2010.
“Samsung’s selection of two ST-Ericsson platforms for its Dual-SIM Dual-Standby handsets highlights both the strength of our high-value entry portfolio and our ability to help customers respond to emerging market consumer needs in a timely and cost-effective way,” said Pascal Langlois, Senior Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of ST-Ericsson. “Underpinned by our single-chip platforms, Samsung’s E2152 and Ch@t 322 will enable millions more people to purchase highly-convenient and highly-capable Dual-SIM handsets.”
Notes to Editors
A Dual-SIM Dual-Standby handset can be idle on two different operators’ networks or on two different subscriptions on the same operator’s network (one for personal use, one for business use). When one SIM, or subscription, is on a call or data session, the other SIM is not reachable.
The G4852 and the G4906 Dual-SIM Dual-Standby platforms are designed to allow either SIM card to be used for voice calls, emails, messages, web browsing, social networking and instant messaging.
ST-Ericsson is a world leader in developing and delivering a complete portfolio of innovative mobile platforms and cutting-edge wireless semiconductor solutions across the broad spectrum of mobile technologies. The company is a leading supplier to the top handset manufacturers and ST-Ericsson’s products and technologies enable more than half of all phones in use today. The company generated pro-forma sales of about USD 2.7 billion in 2009. ST-Ericsson was established as a 50/50 joint venture by STMicroelectronics and Ericsson in February 2009, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
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