Group Sense Unveils Very Small Palm OS Smart Phone

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At the 3GSM World Congress, Hong Kong-based Group Sense PDA has officially unveiled the Xplore G88, its second Palm Powered smart phone.

Courtesy of PDAfrance.com This device has a slightly unusual design. The user has the option of dialing via an on-screen keypad, or a regular keypad can slide out of the bottom.

Its 16-bit color screen is just 2.2 inches. It is not clear at this point what the screen resolution will be. If it uses the same screen as the company’s previous model, the Xplore G18, the resolution will be 176 by 240 pixels and the device will have a virtual Graffiti area.

Below the screen are a D-pad and several hardware buttons.

This smart phone will have a built-in camera capable of taking 320-by-240-pixel pictures.

The Xplore G88 runs Palm OS 4.1.2 and has 16 MB of RAM and a 22 MB Flash internal memory card for additional storage. The device doesn’t appear to have a removable memory card slot.

As a wireless smart phone, this device can handle both voice and data. It runs on GSM/GPRS networks. It can handle web surfing, e-mail, WAP, SMS, MMS, and more.

The exact size of this model is not yet known, but its manufacturer is describing it as the smallest and lightest Palm OS smart phone ever.

Group Sense PDA reports that it is currently talking with several operators to bring the G88 to market this summer. However, this is likely to be only in Asia and Europe.

PDAfrance.com was given the opportunity to try out this device and has posted several pictures.

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