British luxury mobile phone maker Vertu, a subsi- diary of Nokia, has released its first clamshell handset, the Constellation Ayxta (right). The luxe 3G mobile phone features a highly engineered hinge and is handmade from top-quality materials including ceramics and leather, with a sapphire crystal screen, a polished stainless-steel frame and aerospace-grade aluminium parts. Available in black, brown and pink, the phone has a 2.4- inch display and a three-megapixel camera. Prices for the Vertu Constellation Ayxta range from HK$48,000 to HK$63,000.
Sony claims its lightweight, palm-sized PCM-M10 recorder (left) delivers professional quality stereo audio recording on the go. The device records DVD-quality, 24-bit audio and has highly sensitive microphones that minimise wind noise. Its built-in speaker allows clear and easy playback. It has four gigabytes of flash memory, supports external memory cards and can run up to 46 hours on two AA alkaline batteries. The PCM-M10 is priced at HK$3,680.
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Samsung Electronics' WB5000 (below) is a do-it-all digital camera. The 12.5-megapixel snapper is the Korean company's first compact camera outfitted with a high-performance lens. Its Schneider-Kreuznach lens delivers 24x optical zoom with a 26mm wide-angle focal length, geared for shooting high-quality digital still images and 720p resolution, high-definition video. The camera has a three-inch display, optimised settings for clear and clean images and face recognition technology. The WB5000 sells for HK$2,990.