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NTT DoCoMo unveils world's smallest Internet-capable mobile phone.

TOKYO, May 11 Kyodo

NTT DoCoMo Inc. on Tuesday took the wraps off the world's smallest mobile phone capable of displaying Internet pages on its screen.

The 1.9 centimeter-thick Premini handset measures 9 cm in length and 3.9 cm in width. The handset will hit store shelves around summer.

The mobile service arm of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. unveiled the 69-gram Premini at the ''Business Show Tokyo 2004'' trade fair which got under way at the Tokyo Big Site building the same day.

NTT DoCoMo said to make the handset compact, its capabilities have been limited to voice-based phone conversation and the i-mode Net-savvy functions.

The company said it is targeting ''males in their 20s and 30s with the sensibility of matured adults'' as the handset's main customers.

In addition to the Premini, NTT DoCoMo unveiled the ONQ mobile phone designed to enable owners to view TV programs, including terrestrial digital TV programs, on its compact screen.

NTT DoCoMo said it will combine the ONQ with a recharger with a built-in hard disk for enabling users to record TV programs.

Since the handset will permit the transfer and storage of data from the disk, it will enable users to view the recorded TV programs wherever they go.

By teaming up with an outside design company, NTT DoCoMo gave the handset what it calls ''a novel and quite unconventional design.''

It said it will consider putting the ONQ on the market, while examining possible consumer demand for the product.
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Date:May 17, 2004
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