i-mate will soon begin offering the JAQ and the SPL, a pair of Windows Mobile Smartphones.
When these devices will be available is not yet known, nor are their exact prices. However, in its announcement i-mate is emphasizing that these will be less expensive than its typical products.
“Consumers and business users alike have been turning to i-mate for the latest Windows Mobile 5.0 devices and solutions, and we are glad to now offer a new i-mate range at a lower price,” said i-mate global sales director Jack Craine.
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This device will also have a 2.8-inch, 320-by-240-pixel (QVGA) touchscreen and an integrated GPS receiver.
In addition, the JAQ will include 64 MB of RAM, 128 MB of ROM, and a miniSD card slot. It will run Windows Mobile 5.0 on a 200 MHz OMAP processor from TI.
This will be a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device with Bluetooth 1.2 but not Wi-Fi.
More information in the JAQ can be found on i-mate’s web site.
The SPL will use a more traditional phone design, with a numberpad below its 2.2-inch, QVGA screen. At just 12 mm thick, though, it will be slimmer than most phones.
Those looking for a good camera on their smartphone should be pleased to learn that this model will have a 3.0 megapixel one.
The SPL will have 64 MB RAM, 128 MB of ROM, and a miniSD card slot.
It will be a GSM/GPRS tri-band device with Bluetooth.
More information is available from i-mate’s web site.
Who or What is i-mate?
There are a number of companies called ODMs (Original Design Manufacturers) that design smartphones and then offer them to carriers around the world. The carriers then take these devices, re-brand them, and offer them to their customers.
Obviously, though, not every carrier offers every smartphone, which sometimes leaves people who want a specific device out in the cold. That’s where i-mate comes in. This company gets devices from the ODMs, re-brands them, and then offers them around the world.
Because these models are unlocked GSM phones, they can be used on the wireless networks of most carriers worldwide.
This gives people the opportunity to get smartphones they wouldn’t otherwise be able to.