i-mate will soon begin offering the PDAL, a Pocket PC phone with Wi-Fi.
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This model will use the familiar "candybar" design, and it won’t include either a numberpad or a built-in keyboard. Instead, users will have to depend on this device’s 2.4-inch, QVGA touchscreen for dialing numbers or entering text.
The PDAL will be a quad-band GSM phone with EDGE, but will not support any type of 3G cellular-wireless networking. It will, however, sport 802.11b and the faster 802.11g.
This i-mate model will include Bluetooth and have support for wireless stereo headphones.
In addition, it will have a 2.0 megapixel camera with both video and image support.
It will run Windows Mobile 5.0 on a 200 MHz processor, and include 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of ROM. A microSD card slot will allow users to store additional applications and files.
As a Pocket PC, the PDAL will come with mobile versions of Windows applications, like Outlook and Microsoft Office.
i-mate has not yet said what this smartphone will cost, but there have been some suggestions it will be less expensive than many of this company’s other devices.
More information on the PDAL can be found on i-mate’s web site.