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APAC Multimedia, Data-Rich Mobile Phones

Cutting-edge mobile phones � phones integrated with various multimedia and rich-data functionalities � are rapidly increasing their share of phones shipped in the Asia Pacific market, reports In-Stat.

For example, with 252.3 million mobile phones shipped in the region in 2005, 53.4 percent had camera functions, the high-tech market research firm says. The plunging price of such models in emerging markets has greatly promoted their adoption.

"Digital cameras, including both digital still camera and video camera, will remain the most popular function of cutting-edge phones," says Victor Liu, In-Stat analyst. "By 2009, 67 percent of mobiles sold in Asia Pacific will have camera functionality."

In-Stat found the following:

- Phones with music-playing capabilities accounted for 23 percent of phones sold; that figure is above the global average of 13.6 percent.
- By 2009, the functionality and quality of music playing on mobile phones will be greatly enhanced, with music phones likely to be in direct competition with stand-alone music players.
- Mobile digital broadcasting TV phones, and cellular phones with alternative wireless broadband connectivity, were introduced to early adopters in South Korea and Japan in 2005.

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