FCC Leaks Information on Samsung SPH-i500 (Updated)
All wireless devices released in the U.S. need to get approval from the FCC. When this happens, the FCC posts information about the device on its website, making it an excellent source of information on not-yet announced wireless handhelds.
The latest device to be outed in this way is the Samsung SPH-i500, a Palm OS smartphone that will feature a clamshell design with a color screen and hardware buttons on one side and the Graffiti area, rocker switch, and telephone dial pad on the other. It is not yet known when this device will be available or at what price.
The users manual that is part of the FCC filing is surprisingly light on details, containing far more warnings on the dangers of RF radiation and driving while using a cellphone than details on how to use the i500.
Still, it does seem to say that it will use Sprint's just announced high-speed network, which it calls 3G but others say only qualifies as 2.5G. It can also use the regular Sprint PCS CDMA network or analog if nothing faster is available.
On the left side of the device are Up and Down Volume keys and a Menu button. On the right side is a button to switch between Phone Mode and PDA Mode. Below that is one to record a voice memo.
The earpiece is above the screen, while the microphone is below the keypad, allowing the i500 to be used like a standard mobile phone, though the screen will tend to touch the side of the face. There is no mention in the user manual of a headphone jack.
Update: The internal photos of the i500 posted by the FCC clearly show that it runs a 66 MHz Dragonball Super VZ processor. Until now, this has only appeared in the Sony T665C and NR series.
It has a removable, rechargable battery.
Samsung has demonstrated the i500 in the past under the codename Bluechip. At that time, it was revealed that it will run Palm OS 4.1. It is 3.4 by 2.1 by .85 inches (87 x 54 x 21.5 mm) and weighs 4.5 ounces (130 g).
Last month, Samsung got approval from the FCC to release the SPH-i330, an updated version of the i300. This Palm OS smartphone doesn't use a clamshell design. It is expected to be available next month.
Kyocera is close to releasing a smartphone that is remarkably similar to the i500. The 7135 has a clamshell shape and also supports new high-speed wireless networks. In addition, the 7135 has a built-in MP3 player and SD slot.
Thanks to Victor X for the tip. -Ed
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