GSPDA Launches Xplore Palm OS Smartphones in N. America (Updated)

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Group Sense PDA (GSPDA), one of the largest sellers of handheld computers in Asia, says it has released three Palm OS smartphones in North America.

Two of the three devices, the Xplore M28 and Xplore M68, have been available in other parts of the world for a while, but the Xplore M98 has not.

Internally, all three of the devices are quite similar. They run Palm OS Garnet (5.4) and have 64 MB of RAM.

Each includes a 1.3 megapixel camera and Bluetooth short-range wireless networking. They support MP3 and MPEG4 for audio and video-capturing and playback.

They use 2.2-inch touchscreens with a resolution of 160 by 220 pixels.

As a smartphone, all three offer both wireless voice and data. They come with applications for handling SMS, MMS, WAP, and email. Of course, they can run third-party Palm OS applications, plus they have Java support.

These GSM/GPRS devices support 850/1800/1900 MHz.

The Differences

Xplore M28 The Xplore M28 uses a tablet configuration, and its front plate slides up to reveal a numberpad (see picture at left). This is a small device, just 4.2 inches tall, 2.0 inches wide, and 0.9 inches thick (10.6 by 5.08 by 2.35 cm).

The Xplore M68 also uses the standard candybar design, with a screen above number pad (see picture at right). It is also very small, only 4.3 inches tall, 2.0 inches wide, and 0.9 inches thick. (109 mm x 50 mm by 23 mm). It weighs 4.5 ounces (127 g).

GSPDA Xplore M68 Both the M28 and M68 have an SD/MMC card slot. The Xplore M98, on the other hand, has a slot for TransFlash cards.

Update: The M98 uses a clamshell design, and is 3.8 inches tall, 1.85 inches wide, and 0.94 inches thick (96.5 mm by 47 mm by 24 mm). It weighs 4.2 ounces (119 g).

Although it says all the Xplore M-series smartphones are available now in North America, GSPDA hasn’t given any details on where they can be purchased or what their prices are.

Some additional information is available on the GSPDA web site.

This announcement was made at the CTIA Wireless trade show, going on now in New Orleans.

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