MWg America has cut the price on its latest Windows Mobile smartphone, the Zinc II. This model debuted early last month at $750, but is now available for $600.
This Windows Mobile smartphone offers a sliding keyboard, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a new finger-friendly user interface.
Its quick price drops reflects how difficult it is to break into the U.S. phone market. So far, MWg has had no luck getting wireless carriers in this country to offer its products to their customers with a subsidy. Because of this, devices like the Zinc II have to be sold at full price.
Still, there are advantages to this system. MWg’s smartphones are unlocked, and can therefore be used with any GSM telecom’s network. This includes 3G service on AT&T.
And purchasing an unlocked device naturally doesn’t require the customer to renew their service contract, as typically happens with locked units.
An Overview of the MWg Zinc II
This is a business-oriented model that includes Microsoft’s suite of applications for working with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files on the go, and its full QWERTY keyboard makes writing emails easier.
The Zinc II is the first device to include the MWg Quick Menu, which allows users to tap large graphic icons with their fingertips as well as flip between menus by dragging their finger across the screen, allowing them to navigate the device without a stylus.
This device runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional on a 500 MHz processor. It has 64 MB of RAM, 256 MB of Flash ROM, and a microSD slot for storage.
The Zinc II is a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) phone with 3G (HSDPA) high-speed access. In addition, it includes Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth 1.2.
It also has a SirfStar III GPS receiver and a 2 megapixel auto-focus camera with 4x digital zoom.
Pricing and Availability
More information on this product can be found at mwg.com.