Samsung OS 5 Smartphones Still MIA
Samsung has a bad habit of showing off new their new Palm OS smartphones years before the product is available for sale. In the past year, the company has shown two new Palm OS 5 smartphones at trade shows that have yet to reach the consumer market. Read on to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the devices.
Originally announced at CeBit in March of 2003, the SGH-i500 is a Palm OS 5.2 smartphone with a high resolution screen and exterior OLED color display. It was later revealed at the ITU World Telecom Conference last October, that the device is intended for the European market and would be made available sometime in 2004.
The SGH-i500 runs on an 300mhz Intel PXA262 ARM processor, with 32MB ROM / 32MB RAM. The main inner display is a 65k TFT color screen with 320 x 320 resolution (actual 324x352 pixel including the extra phone status area). The exterior (caller ID/Time) display is a 256 Color, 96x64 pixel Organic EL (OLED) sub-LCD.
It features a built in 330K pixel VGA (640 x 480) camera with an embedded flash. In addition there is a SD expansion slot that supports SD/IO and a standard Ir port. The SGH-i500 also has a speaker that supports Polyphonic ringtones and standard MIDI.
It has dimensions of 3.5 x 2.3 x 1 inches (88 x 54 x 26 mm) and weighs 5.3 ounces (150g). It comes with a rechargeable (1100mAh) battery which allows for 200 minute of talk time and 100 hours on standby.
The SGH-i505 has similar clamshell shape and features as the previous model, but is distinguished by its flip and twist design and has a lower resolution 160x160 screen. It has a 180 degree rotatable display that converts over into a tablet mode, much like the Sony NX series. It has a external antenna and built in VGA camera and flash on the back. It is also expected sometime in 2004.
It runs Palm OS 5.2.1 on a 200 mhz Motorola MX1 CPU. It has 32MB of ROM and 32MB of RAM. The SGH-i505 has a tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900) worldwide phone radio and uses a GPRS Class 8 (1 Tx, 4 Rx) chip. It has dimensions of 3.6 x 2.3 x .9 inches (91.5 x 54 x 22.8 mm) and weighs 5.2 ounces (147g).
Since both models user a tri-band GSM/GPRS radio chip it is possible they could both be released in the US, Europe and Asia. However no carriers, prices or firm release dates have been announced. Other sites are reporting details on a new SGH-i530, which could likely be a misprint or a unconfirmed re-branding as the device and specs seems identical to the SGH-i500.
The SPH-i500 is a CDMA Samsung Palm Powered smartphone that is currently available in the US on the Sprint network. It runs Palm OS 4.1 and sports a 66 MHz Dragonball processor and 16MB of RAM. The small clamshell model features a removable battery and is 3.4 by 2.1 by .85 inches when closed and weighs 4.5 ounces.
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