NTT DoCoMo announces today the 3G FOMA P901iTV, DoCoMo's first mobile handset to receive terrestrial digital broadcasting signals, in addition to conventional analog signals.
Japanese broadcasters will start mobile digital broadcasting in April 2006. In anticipation for the availability of digital terrestrial TV, NTT developed the P901iTV phone.
The P901iTV's main display will be a 2.5 inch, wide LCD screen. More than 2.5 hours of continuous viewing will be possible for digital TV programs. The TV function will be activated by twisting the screen. An antenna-embedded earphone will enhance TV signal reception. DoCoMo will exhibit the P901iTV during the CEATEC Japan 2005 trade show at the Makuhari Messe exhibition center in Chiba Prefecture from October 4 to 8.
The NTT DoCoMo FOMA P901iTV measures 110x 51 x 27 mm and weighs 145g. The FOMA TV phone features also two digital cameras. One with 2MP and one with 0.1MP.
More details in this NTT DoCoMo press-release.
Looks like Japan is on track to catch up with Korea regarding digital TV on mobile phones.