New GSPDA Xplore M68 Smartphone for Europe

PalmSource and Group Sense PDA Limited ("GSPDA"), one of the largest sellers of handheld computers in Asia, today announced the new Palm Powered Xplore M68 smartphone. The new Xplore M68 smartphone from GSPDA will be showcased in the 3GSM World Congress PalmSource booth.

Joining the existing Palm Powered Xplore G18, G88 and M28 smartphone product family, the Xplore M68 combines the industry-leading Palm OS and state-of-the-art wireless and multimedia features in a compact form factor. The Xplore M68 is now available through distributors in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Pricing will be set by the individual distributors.

GSPDA Xplore M68"Combining our strength in building innovative smartphones with the flexibility of Palm OS has enabled us to provide our customers with easy-to-use wireless products that deliver a superior telephony and multimedia user experience," said Thomas Tam, managing director of GSL Group Sense (International) Ltd.

"We are pleased to welcome GSPDA's fourth-generation Palm Powered Xplore smartphone as it strengthens the Palm OS platform's leadership position in the European smartphone market," said David Nagel, president and chief executive officer of PalmSource. "With GSPDA's cutting-edge design philosophy and efficient time-to-market approach, we look forward to more innovative smartphones to come to market that meet the needs of Palm Powered mobile users."

Xplore M68 Smartphone Expanded Features and Benefits

  • Palm OS(R) Garnet;
  • Bluetooth technology for communicating with headsets, car kits, computers and printers equipped with Bluetooth technology;
  • MP3 and MPEG4 for audio and video-capturing and playback;
  • 1.3 megapixel integrated camera for vibrant photos;
  • 32 MB RAM / 64 SDRAM flash memory;
  • 2.2-inch D-TFD 64K colors LCD screen;
  • SMS, MMS, WAP, email, Java support;
  • SD/MMC Card expansion; and
  • One-handed navigation five-way jog dial.

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Coming to America?

LiveFaith @ 2/14/2005 12:06:01 PM # Q
Pretty sweet. That 160x240 thing still makes me wonder, but the more Palms the merrier.

Pat Horne;
RE: Coming to America?
LiveFaith @ 2/15/2005 1:02:04 AM # Q
Update: According to the GSPDA site a US version is already on the table. Uses the 850 rather than European 900 low-band GSM freq. I'm not sure which one uses that here, Cingular or T-Mob?

Pat Horne;
RE: Coming to America?
Xian @ 2/15/2005 11:55:54 AM # Q
Cingular/ATT uses the 850/1900Mhz band in the US. T-Mobile USA uses only the 1900Mhz at this time.
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On the way to a low-class smartphone

hobbes1257 @ 2/14/2005 1:01:22 PM # Q

Despite its 1999 design style, I find that its a decent proposal for the cheap (I don't know its pricing yet) smartphones segment.

Now, if I could find out whether it could syncs with an iBook and what apps i could run (160x160?), I'd consider acquiring one... ;-)

RE: On the way to a low-class smartphone
Wolfgard @ 2/14/2005 2:28:16 PM # Q
I wouldn't mind ditching my Symbian Nokia for a good ol' Palm device. Imagine all the software one can load onto a Palm Smartphone!

pen & paper -> m515 -> Zire72 -> TH55 & Handera 330
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GSPGA is inpressing.

temp_user @ 2/14/2005 2:56:53 PM # Q
Man I am impressed by GSPDA, they are fast, and innovative. I hope they inspire Samsung, because I've feeling Samsung will make a phone based on Cobalt that will blew everything away in the market!
Samsung, what is taking you so long?

RE: GSPDA is impressing.
temp_user @ 2/14/2005 4:21:36 PM # Q
Sorry for the misspelled header above! :-)

RE: GSPGA is inpressing.
just_little_me @ 2/14/2005 6:36:51 PM # Q
Just don't expect to get any response from their sales or service people... ...


RE: GSPGA is inpressing.
asiayeah @ 2/14/2005 7:28:30 PM # Q
GSPDA is certainly innovating in the Palm OS smartphone area. Indeed they are offering a variety of choices and some of the smallest Palm OS smartphones in the market.

Though their smartphones only provide a low resolution screen. But given the small physical dimenions of the screen, a lower resolution actually is good enough. The first few generations of GSPDA smartphones have some known bugs. In this newest release, I hope most of those bugs are gone.

GSPDA is a company based in Hong Kong.

With great power comes great responsiblity.

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My god...

Masamune @ 2/15/2005 5:24:13 AM # Q
I don't believe it. Palm smartphone in Europe? Samsung can jump out the nearest window - as soon as this baby's available in my local shop I'm upgrading!

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Processor speed?

hbuchtel @ 2/18/2005 12:28:22 AM # Q
Anybody know the processor speed?

'ARM 9 OMAP 310 processor' . . . but I cannot find anything else . . .

Strange they don't include this with the list of standard specs!


RE: Processor speed?
grahamnind @ 2/20/2005 5:16:32 AM # Q
It's an ARM 9 TI OMAP 310, 168MHZ

RE: Processor speed?
grahamnind @ 2/20/2005 5:18:46 AM # Q
... I think

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SERIOUS bugs in GSPDA's xplore phone/pda line-up

thomasbkk @ 2/18/2005 12:25:40 PM # Q
Anybody contemplating buying ANY of GSPDA's xplore phones should try searching user comments - there are entire forums dedicated to flaming this manufacturer's products - with good reason (my wife bought m28 Jan. 1st, sold it 6 weeks later at 55% loss after trying to get it to do just SOME of what was advertised)


Don't EVER buy GSPDA xplore mobiles!

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