At last month’s 3GSM World Congress 2003 in France, Microsoft and Samsung officially unveiled the MITs SGH-i700 Pocket PC, a data-centric wireless handheld with an integrated camera that runs on GSM/GPRS networks. However, not all the details on this device were available. Samsung has released an overview of the i700 that fills in most of the gaps.
The i700 runs the Pocket PC Phone Edition, the version Microsoft created for wireless devices. It runs an Intel XScale PXA250 processor, though the speed is still not known. It has 64 MB of RAM and 64 MB of ROM.
It has a 330 thousand pixel camera, the minimum necessary to take 640 by 480 pixel images. It doesn’t have a flash.
It includes a 240 by 320 pixel touch-screen display that supports 16-bit color. The i700 has an SD card slot, though it is not yet known if this supports SDIO.
The i700 is a GPRS world phone that supports 900/1800/1900. The device’s wireless cababilities include both voice and data. When being used as a mobile phone, the speaker and microphone are on the back of the i700, so the screen isn’t touching the user’s face. It can play polyphonic ringtones.
It is 5.2 by 2.75 by .7 inches and weighs 5.6 ounces. Its battery is replaceable. The standard one 1100 mAh, which gives 200 minutes of talk time or 100 hours of standby time. There will also be a 2000 mAh battery available.
The two companies announced a version of the i700 in January that runs on CDMA wireless networks. While CDMA is widely used in the United States, GSM/GPRS is the predominant standard worldwide.
It is not yet known when either version will be released or what they will cost, though both are expected in the first half of this year.