Samsung SPH-i330 & SPH-i500 Demoed in NY
As part of its "DigitAll Inspiration, 2002 Samsung World Tour," launched today in New York, Samsung Electronics' CEO, Jong Yong Yun highlighted the company's focus on its vision for digital convergence and demoed two new Palm OS based smart phones.
The new SPH-i500 is set to debut in the US market in early Q4, according to a Samsung spokesperson. It has clamshell design with a color screen and hardware buttons on one side and a detached silkscreen graffiti area, rocker switch, and telephone dial pad on the other. It runs Palm OS 4.1. It is not yet known when this device will be available or at what price.
The SPH-i500 uses CDMA networks and will support gpsOne location based services. It is being billed as 3G and will most likely take advantage of the next-gen CDMA 2000 1x networks. It has voice memo and voice dialing capabilities. It is 3.4 by 2.1 by .85 inches (87 x 54 x 21.5 mm) and weighs 4.5 ounces (130 g).
Samsung has been demonstrating the SPH-i330 at trade shows for some time now and this is the first announcement that it will be available in the US. It has a 160 by 240, STN screen that can display 256 colors. As a smartphone, the i330 has both wireless voice and data capabilities. It uses CDMA 2000 1X networks and supports gpsOne. It has 16 MB of RAM and runs Palm OS 3.5.3.
The i330 is an updated version of the i300, which is already available. The i330 is 4.9 by 2.2 by .7 inches and weighs 5.3 ounces. This makes it lighter and thinner than its predecessor. It runs off a rechargeable battery and has 4 hours of talk time and 100 hours of standby time.
As mentioned earlier, this device uses CDMA 2000 1X wireless networks, which offers an average of 144 kbps packet data. It also supports gpsOne, which uses signals from the GPS satellite constellation and from CDMA cell towers to locate the wireless handheld. This will allow for location-based services.
Samsung has several accessories available for this handheld, including a keyboard and tiny digital camera.
Thanks to markpmc & Craig Bowers for the tips.
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