At this week CTIA Wireless 2003, Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless service provider in the U.S., has committed to releasing two smartphones, one Palm OS, the other Pocket PC Phone Edition.
The Kyocera 7135 will be available in April through Verizon Wireless’ business sales channels.
It features a clamshell design with the screen on one side and the Graffiti area, buttons, and a phone keypad on the other. It is 4.0 by 2.4 by 1.2 inches when closed. It weighs 6.6 ounces. The 7135 has a 160 by 160 pixel, 65,000-color display, an SD/MMC slot, and a built-in MP3 player. It runs Palm OS 4.1 on a 33 MHz Dragonball MZ processor and has 16 MB of RAM.
It uses CDMA2000 1X technology that enables peak data speeds of 153 kbps, though 40 kbps to 60 kbps is more realistic. It includes assisted GPS (A-GPS) technology.
A user-replaceable, 1200 mAh, lithium ion battery provides up to 3.5 hours of talk time and up to 160 hours of standby time in digital mode.
Read more about the 7135.
Verizon Wireless has also announced that it will be carrying the Samsung i700, a wireless handheld that runs the Pocket PC Phone Edition. Exactly when it will be available or at what cost is still not known.
The i700 runs an Intel XScale PXA250 processor. It has 64 MB of RAM and 64 MB of ROM. It has a 330 thousand pixel camera, the minimum necessary to take 640 by 480 pixel images. It doesn’t have a flash. The i700 has an SD card slot, though it is not yet known if this supports SDIO.
It is 5.2 by 2.75 by .7 inches and weighs 5.6 ounces. Its battery is replaceable. The standard one is 1100 mAh, which gives 200 minutes of talk time or 100 hours of standby time. There will also be a 2000 mAh battery available.
It also uses uses CDMA2000 1X.
Sprint announced earlier this week that it will also be carrying the i700.
Read more about the i700.