GSPDA Announces the Xplore M70

GSPDA has posted a new Palm OS powered smartphone to their website. The Xplore M70 is a new GSM Palm OS Garnet based smartphone. GSPDA is promoting this model as a business phone featuring support for push email.

Xplore M70The Xplore M70 features a tri band GSM radio (900/1800/1900MHz) and is powered by Palm OS 5.4. It uses GPRS class 10 for wireless data. The screen is a 260K color, 2.2 TFT 176 x 220 pixel touch-screen display. It has built in Bluetooth and a 1.3 megapixel camera. It is listed as having an unspecified ARM 9 processor. Built in memory is not given but the unit does have a SD expansion slot.

The M70 has dimensions of 109 x 50 x 23.7 mm (4.2" x 2" x 0.93" inches) and weighs 131g (4.6 ounces). Its battery is rated with a 4 hour talk time, and a 170 hour standby time.

No pricing or carrier availability has been released as of yet.

GSPDA's models are typically only sold in Asian markets such as Hong Kong, Malaysia and China.

Thanks to TamsPalm for the tip.

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Nice, Wish For A Price Though

twizza @ 9/19/2006 5:05:56 PM # Q
I played with an earlier model of theirs and it was ncie (albeit not as polished as the Treo). I'd like to see wha the M70 brings to teh table, and if not too crazy on import fees, get one. The design is one of many Palm should have explored for the Treo series a while ago.
RE: Nice, Wish For A Price Though
question fear @ 9/19/2006 6:01:06 PM # Q
I think that palm should have taken the guts of a z22 and made this phone. If they sold it for 300.00USD un-subsidized, it would more than cover the cost of the cellular radio and the keypad. IMHO, it would have gone over very well with people who want a slightly smarter phone, but they could cut the RAM or otherwise differentiate it from a treo (less quality screen, etc).
What's done is done, but given the success of winmob phones that were sold through cingular and t-mobile indicates there's a market for them (maybe not a huge one, i don't know the exact figures, but the fact that the carriers are offering them, and consistently updating, means they're clearly getting SOMETHING from it.)


RE: Nice, Wish For A Price Though
Tamog @ 9/20/2006 7:20:46 AM # Q
Theo Poon had a quote: 359$...

Dont ask me where he had the figure from, but the idea sounds good! They gotta face the HiRes Treo Lowrider sooner than later anyways...

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RE: Nice, Wish For A Price Though
scstraus2 @ 9/20/2006 6:35:45 PM # Q
Nice. Might be time to ditch the treo series due to lack of development.

RE: Nice, Wish For A Price Though
Tamog @ 9/22/2006 2:48:37 AM # Q
to be honest, my 600 is already very very good...

The full keyboard really is worth it!

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Tam Hanna

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palmdoc88 @ 9/19/2006 5:59:44 PM # Q
What type of Ram does it use? Size? 32MB? 64 MB?
RE: Ram?
Ryan @ 9/19/2006 6:20:49 PM # Q
GSPDA's specs don't mention the ram and there hasn't been a formal press release, so I can't say.
RE: Ram?
twizza @ 9/20/2006 12:12:36 AM # Q
Their past models have had a weird split in memory with some dedicated as storage space (like the T5's internal drive) at around 32MB, this I would think at 64ish; and then user/program RAM around 32MB (23~) with half of that being CJKOS (Chinese language stuff).

If you do get one of these to play with Ryan, please have them quote you a price.

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Video caller ?!??

pascanu @ 9/19/2006 6:10:58 PM # Q
They say it has "Video Caller Display". I have NO idea what that would be on a non-3G GSM phone.

Handspring Visor -> m505 -> Zire71 -> Zire72 -> Treo650
RE: Video caller ?!??
asiayeah @ 9/19/2006 7:42:09 PM # Q
I think it means it can play a specified or pre-recorded video file when a caller calls in.

With great power comes great responsiblity.
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MPC @ 9/20/2006 6:44:17 AM # Q
I went to GSPDA's web site to check out M70 but did not find M70, instead saw Jasper S20 running on JAVA

Does anybody have more information know about this model, and the SAVAJE?

cervezas @ 9/20/2006 10:19:16 AM # Q
SavaJe has been around for quite a while but they released a reference phone running their all-Java platform just this year. That's the Jasper s20 you saw. They sold a bunch of them to developers attending the JavaOne conference this summer:

The consensus feeling I got from developers who bought one was that it's not quite ready for primetime, but there's a lot of enthusiasm about the advanced Java language APIs, which go well beyond what people usually think of when they think J2ME.

SavaJe is a player to watch... but then they have been for a while and we haven't seen much come from them to date.

David Beers
Pikesoft Mobile Computing

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Jethro Tull said it best...

Storkdude @ 9/21/2006 3:23:11 PM # Q
Thick as a brick.

But very small in the other 2 dimensions. I could see buying one instead of a 700p if specs are comparable. Big question is when (if) any carriers will let me have one. Would/could Palm muscle the carriers into not offering it?

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