Latest on the Samsung i730

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Over the last several months, quite a few details have been revealed on Samsung’s upcoming cellular-wireless Pocket PC, the SCH-i730. Despite this, some important details remain a mystery.

Recently, CNET.com came up with some additional facts about this model.

Perhaps the most significant of these is the amount of memory. The i730 will have 64 MB of RAM, plus it is quite likely that a sizable portion of its 128 MB of ROM will be available to the user for additional storage.

It was already known this would be a small device, but CNET.com has revealed that it will also have a small screen: just 2.8 inches when measured diagonally.

Samsung has received approval from the FCC to release the i730 with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Curiously, the prototype CNET.com examined had only Bluetooth.

It will come with Windows Media Player 10 and include dual stereo speakers with 3D sound.

The Samsung i730 will be available sometime in the next three months, but whether Sprint, Verizon, or both will carry it is unknown at this time.

More About the Samsung i730

The i730 will be a replacement for the i700, which came out last year.

Like some other recent Pocket PCs, this model will use a traditional tablet design, but it will sport a small QWERTY keyboard that is exposed when the screen slides up (see picture below).

Samsung i730 The i730 will have several improvements over its predecessor, including a megapixel camera and support for EV-DO networks, which means it will have a theoretical maximum data-transfer speed of 2.4 MBps.

This handheld will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Second Edition, so its 240-by-320-pixel display will offer both portrait and landscape modes.

Samsung says it will have a 500 MHz XScale processor. This isn’t a standard clock-speed for this chip, so the company may be approximating.

Samsung i730 It will have 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 prototypes say it will be just slightly bigger than palmOne’s Treo 600 series.

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