Samsung Officially Debuts the SPH-i500
CES 2003: Samsung has formally introduced the SPH-i500 at CES. The SPH-i500 is a fully integrated Palm-Powered clamshell phone. The i500 runs Palm OS 4.1 and sports a 66 MHz Dragonball processor and 16MB of RAM.
The clamshell designed i500 is a 3G 1XRTT wireless phone-PDA device from Samsung featuring thin film transistor (TFT) screen technology. The i500 boasts a 160 x 240 pixel touch screen that displays 65,000 colors. With the bundled Blazer multimode browser, customers can access and view HTML Web sites.
Size wise the SPH-i500 is 3.4 by 2.1 by .85 inches when closed and weighs 4.5 ounces. Its rechargeable battery is removable. The i500 also features Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectivity and an infrared (IR) port. It has an expandable stylus, similar to the stylus found on the Palm Tungsten T. Additionally, the i500 features a backlit numeric keypad. To our disapointment, samsung elected not to include an external LCD for caller ID when the smartphone is closed.
"The i500 is the latest effort by Samsung to provide innovative productivity tools that will meet our customers' demanding lifestyles," said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president of wireless terminals, Samsung . "This sophisticated device is an all-in-one answer for those who need a wireless device that maximizes their busy professional and personal life."
The i500 is packaged with a CD-ROM containing Palm desktop software, PocketMirror conduit software for Microsoft Outlook, Palm Game Pack and phone off images. It is expected to work on Sprints network, though there has not been an official carrier announcement or any word on pricing or expected availability.
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