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I was able to meet with Clemens Jargon, Senior Vice President & General Manger for Global Product Management at Siemens.

One of Siemens' main areas of focus and strength is design. The company takes pride in the distinctive, sleek styling of its phones. Its two newest models - the CX65 and CF62 - are no exception.

The CX65 is the higher-end of the two new phones. This model marks the beginning of a whole new class of phones for Siemens; we can expect additional "CX" models in the future.

Distinguishing features include an extra-large display and a camera with video recording capability. Since the CX65 is designed to be a high-end (more expensive) model, the company opted for the highest quality display and camera components. In my brief hands-on time with the phone, I was quite impressed with quality of both. Colors were exceptionally vibrant in both cases.

 

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The CX65 has a good, solid feel to it. Particularly impressive is the thickness - or rather, the lack thereof. It's definitely a phone that will fit comfortably in any pocket.

The other model introduced recently is the CF62. This striking clamshell phone features a "loop" antenna, similar to the Sony Ericsson Z200. The phone is quite small and very light. Value is the key word with this model - it's designed to bring a clamshell form factor and color display to a more affordable price point than competing models.

 

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One unique feature of the CF62 not widely publicized is the lights that surround the keypad - three on each side. While they only light up in one color, the flashing pattern can be customized.

Finally, I asked Mr. Jargon about Siemens' plans regarding current technology trends. As for PTT, I was told to expect several models in the 2nd half of the year. Also coming in the back half of the year will be at least one megapixel camera model - a high-end business-oriented phone.

I also asked about quad-band. It's something Siemens is actively working on, and will definitely bring to its lineup, although Mr. Jargon declined to give a specific timeframe. On the topic of EDGE, the answer was even more vague - the company will develop EDGE phones when its carrier customers demand it.

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