At the Fifth Annual Wireless Internet Conference, Audiovox demonstrated a prototype of an upcoming cellular-wireless handheld running the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC.
According to MobileMag, the PPC5050 will have a 400 MHz Intel Xscale PXA250 processor and 64MB of RAM.
The Phone Edition of Windows Mobile was developed for devices that are primarily used as wireless handhelds but also offer mobile phone functions. The PPC5050 will be a dual-band device, offering both 800 MHz CDMA and 1900 MHz PCS. This will make it compatible with the wireless networks of both Bell Mobility and Verizon Wireless.
One of the things that separates this device from other wireless handhelds is it has a built-in GPS receiver. It also includes a SD/MMC slot that supports SDIO. Physically, this handheld strongly resembles the O2, a wireless model designed by High Tech Computer and offered by several carriers. It’s quite possible HTC also designed this device for Audiovox.
MobileMag says the PPC5050 will be released by Audiovox some time during the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing is not yet available.
There are already several Pocket PC Phone Edition devices on the market and at least one more is expected by the end of this year. Earlier this year, wireless carriers began offering the Samsung i700, which has an integrated camera, and the Hitachi G1000, which includes a thumboard. Also, T-Mobile is expected to begin offering by the end of this year the MDA II, which has 128 MB of RAM and will have integrated Bluetooth wireless networking.