A Look into the Future of the Pocket Loox

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Although it isn’t well-known in the U.S., Fujitsu-Siemens is one of the most important Pocket PC makers in other parts of the world.

A source familiar with this company’s plans has revealed to Brighthand Fujitsu-Siemens’ product roadmap through the end of this year.

Among other new models, this will include the first Pocket Loox smartphone.

Pocket Loox C550

Last fall, Fujitsu-Siemens introduced two models in the Pocket Loox 500 series. Next month, it will add a third, the C550.

One of the major new features in this handheld will be the inclusion of a 3.5-inch 640-by-480-pixel (VGA) screen, but it will also make the jump to a 520 MHz processor.

However, not all of the news in this rumor is good. The C550 will not include a GPS receiver, as the other 500 series models do.

Like its predecessors, this Pocket PC will run Windows Mobile 5.0 and include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB host capabilities.

Pocket Loox N560

Those disappointed that the Pocket Loox C550 lacks a GPS receiver won’t have long to wait, though. In March, Fujitsu-Siemens supposedly plans to introduce the worlds first GPS-enabled handheld with a VGA screen.

Aside from this, the N560 will be quite similar to its immediate predecessor, but it will sport a 624 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM. (This is probably a typo in the original information, and this model will have 256 MB of Flash ROM for storage.)

Pocket Loox T800

According to the information leaked to Brighthand, Fujitsu-Siemens will unveil a very high-end smartphone loaded with features this summer.

Pocket Loox T800 The T800 will use a design that’s growing in popularity: a thumb-keyboard below a 240-by-240-pixel display.

It will run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition on a 416 MHz XScale processor. It will have 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of Flash ROM for storage.

This will be a GSM device that also offers support for UMTS high-speed wireless networking, giving it a maximum data transfer speed of 384 kilobits per second (kbps).

But it won’t stop there; this Pocket PC will also supposedly offer Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0.

A SirfStar III GPS receiver and two different cameras — one VGA and another 2 megapixel — will round out the T800.

It will be 4.9 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide, and 0.8 inches thick (12.6 cm by 6.4 cm by 2.1 cm). It will weigh about 6.7 ounces (190 g).

Pocket Loox N100

Also on Fujitsu-Siemens’ docket for this summer is the Pocket Loox N100, a small and light device oriented around navigation.

The company has not yet settled on the details of this model, and it’s not even clear whether it will run Windows Mobile.

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