Weekly high-tech product releases: Sapphire luxury phone, Lego camera

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High-tech product releases announced the week of January 27 include a multimedia touchscreen phone, a sapphire encrusted luxury phone, a mobile phone that will record HD video, a geotagging hybrid video/camera, a camera made out of Lego and just in time for Valentine's day, a cushion that can love.

Multimedia touch phone is music to your ears
Nokia released a new, smaller capacity version of its popular X6 music phone this week. Nokia X6 32GB's "little brother" sports 16GB of on-board memory (enough to store 5,500 songs), a 3.2-inch widescreen capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, GPS and a 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash. Features on the 16GB model are identical to the Nokia X6 32GB model; the only exception being the 16GB phone is sold without a subscription to Nokia's "Comes with Music" (a one-year unlimited music downloads) service. Consumers will be able to get their hands on the Nokia X6 16GB in the first quarter of 2010 for around €399.

Sapphire encrusted luxury mobile phone
Canadian Luxury phone maker Mobiado has added another stylish haute-couture phone to their Classic line up. The Classic 712ZAF is a high-tech phone wrapped in a stylish aluminium exterior. Sapphire crystals can be seen glimmering on the phone's illuminating selection key and the company's distinctive logo is machine engraved in the polished and anodized aluminium frame. The Classic 712ZAF caters to those who want more than just good looks on their mobile device with a 2.2 QVGA display, 5 megapixel camera for photos and videos, flash, integrated GPS, web browser, email support and a native music player. Prices are available on demand but are in the range of €5,000 and €10,000.

Capture HD video on your mobile phone
Sony Ericsson's Vivaz is the first phone in their communication entertainment range to sport an in-built video camera capable of capturing video in high definition. The phone features a 3.2 inch widescreen display, multitasking, an 8.1 megapixel camera, 4x digital zoom, face and smile detection, and geotagging. Users can immediately upload photos and videos to their favourite social networking or online photo sites via the phone's WiFi connection. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz will be released in the first half of 2010. No pricing information was available.

World's smallest photo & video hybrid camera
Panasonic's newest LUMIX camera is an ultra-compact, GPS capable, 25MM wide-angle lens digital camera. The Panasonic LUMIX ZS7 Digital Camera is HD video capable and sports a new range of features including a "Happy Mode" (a scene mode that optimizes photo and video color, saturation and brightness), Intelligent Scene Selector and Face Recognition. The 12.1 megapixel LUMIX ZS7 is Panasonic's first GPS-equipped camera. The feature is perfect for people that want to keep a record of each photo or video's latitude and longitude location details so they can easily plot their happy snaps on a map. Pricing and availability for Panasonic's LUMIX Z57 were not available at time of publication.

A camera made out of Lego
For big girls and boys who never grew up and have fond memories of crafting the next generation of super-gadget with their stash of Lego blocks, the Lego Digital Camera can fill that void. The camera looks so cool you can almost forgive its measly 3 megapixel detail and 4x digital zoom. It comes with a 1.5 LCD screen, built in flash and USB cable for direct-to-PC photo transfer and will capture up to 80 photos. The camera is priced at 49.99 pounds (57 Euros) and can be purchased from http://www.iwantoneofthose.com.

A cushion that can love
The Beating heart cushion is perfect for tech-lovers without a date this Valentine's Day. The soft fleecy cushion comes with its own "human heartbeat" so you can imagine that a loved one (or that sexy robot-girl) is right there cuddling you back. The "My Beating Heart" is available from http://www.firebox.com for a price of €34.

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