GroupSense Shows Two New Smartphones
Updated Group Sense Limited has revealed more information and specs on two new upcoming Palm OS Smartphones. Both run Palm OS 4.1 and feature very small and lightweight designs. The phones will be targeted at the Asian and European markets.
They run Palm OS 4.1 with a 33mhz Dragonball processor and use a 2.2” inch D-TFD color screen with a 160 x 240 screen resolution. Both utilize a virtual graffiti area for data input. Both phones include 16MB of RAM, but lack memory expansion slots.
The Smartphones use a class 10 GSM/GPRS 900/1800 dual band radio and are powered by a 900 mAh removable Lithium Polymer battery. GS rates the battery life at 100 hours standby with 2 hours of talk time. The phones also feature an IrDA port, polyphonic ringtones and vibration alert. They will also include applications to access WAP, Email, SMS/EMS/MMS and J2ME data services. The Zircon’s dimensions are 100 x 48 x 21.1 mm (3.9 x 1.9 x 0.8 inches) and it weighs approximately 139 grams (4.6 ounces).
Each model also has an integrated digital camera which can capture small pictures at up to 352 x 288 pixels. Pictures can be sent from the device with MMS. The hardware buttons include a 5-way navigation pad, talk and End buttons and two application buttons for messaging and the camera application.
The models may be available in parts of Asia as early as May and are expected in Europe sometime in the third quarter. There is no information on pricing or carrier availability. The devices will not likely see a North American release because they lack a tri-band cellular radio. Most North American GSM carriers operate at the 1900mhz band, which these models do not support.
Back in December, Group Sense PDA Limited became a licensee of the Palm OS. Under the terms of that agreement, GSpda announced it will develop and market mobile devices based on the Palm OS for the Asia Pacific region, including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore.
Thanks to PDAFrance for the images.
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