Later this month, Samsung is expected to roll out the i730, its latest cellular-wireless Pocket PC.
This device will use CDMA wireless networks, which will mean it can’t be used in Europe. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given Samsung permission to release in the United States the i830, a version of this handheld which will have support for both CDMA and GSM/GPRS, which means it will be usable on both sides of the Atlantic.
Still, this change doesn’t come without sacrifice. According to Phone Scoop, the i830 will lack two significant features of the i730: Wi-Fi and the built-in camera.
Otherwise details on this model are sketchy. At this point, aside from the changes already mentioned, it appears this device will be essentially identical to the i730.
It’s not known when, or if, the Samsung SCH-i830 will be offered by a wireless carrier.
More About the Samsung i730
The i730 will be a replacement for the i700, which came out two years ago.
Like some other recent Pocket PCs, this model uses a traditional tablet design, but it sports a small QWERTY keyboard that is exposed when the screen slides up (see picture below).
The i730 will have several improvements over its predecessor, including a megapixel camera and support for EV-DO networks, which means it will offer typical download speeds of between 300 Kbps to 500 Kbps.
This handheld will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Second Edition, so its 240-by-320-pixel display supports both portrait and landscape modes.
It will include an SD slot with SDIO support and built-in stereo speakers.
The exact dimensions of the i730 are not known, but those who have seen it say it is just slightly bigger than palmOne’s Treo series.
Samsung hasn’t revealed what this device’s processor speed and RAM will be.
Thanks to Engadget for the tip.