A Sneak Peek at the Samsung i505 Smart Phone

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Additional details are now available on the Samsung SGH-i505, an upcoming smart phone that runs the Palm OS. Though it has not been officially announced by Samsung, this device is being demonstrated at this week’s ITU World Telecom 2003 conference in Switzerland

The SGH-i505 will run Palm OS 5.2.1 on a 200 MHz Motorola MX1 ARM-based processor. It will have 32 MB of RAM and 32 MB of ROM.

It will have a clamshell design, with a screen and application buttons on one side, and a keypad and D-pad on the other. However, it will use a “twist and flip” arrangement, which means the screen can be rotated and closed down over the keypad, allowing the device to be used in the traditional tablet configuration.

When closed, this device will be 3.6 inches long, 2.1 inches wide, and 0.9 inches thick (91.5 x 54 x 22.8 mm). It will weight 5.2 ounces (147g).

The i505’s TFT screen will be able to display 16-bit color. It will have a resolution of 162 by 176 pixels, with the extra height being used for some icons displaying phone status. It won’t have a dedicated text area at all; instead it will use Graffiti Anywhere, which will allow users to write anywhere on the screen.

On the back of this device is a camera capable of taking 640 by 480 pixel (VGA) color images. It will include a built-in flash for taking pictures in dim lighting.

It will also have a Secure Digital card slot that supports SDIO, which means it will be able to use peripherals besides just memory cards that plug into the SD slot.

It will have a swappable battery, but it is not yet known what size battery will be included.

The SGH-i505 runs on GSM/GPRS wireless networks and, according to msmobiles.com, will be available in the U.S., though it is not yet known when.

Samsung recently disappointed many by announcing that the SGH-i500, its first handheld to run Palm OS 5, had been delayed. It now appears that this device will be released in Europe, but not in the U.S. Instead, the SGH-i505 will be released in this country.

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