New Samsung Palm OS Smartphone Announced

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Samsung Telecommunications America has just annouced the SPH-i500, a Palm-Powered smartphone that connects to high-speed CDMA 1XRTT wireless networks.

The i500 uses a clamshell design, with the screen and buttons on the top half and the Graffiti area and number keypad on the bottom. It has a 160 by 240 pixel touch screen that that can display 65,000 colors. It’s 3.4 by 2.1 by .85 inches when closed and weighs 4.5 ounces. Its rechargeable battery is removable.

It runs Palm OS 4.1 on a 66 MHz Dragonball processor and has 16MB of memory.

This is certainly not our first view of this device. Samsung began showing it off at tradeshows last summer and more information became available when it received FCC approval in August.

This is a dual-band/tri-mode handset that can handle both voice and data. The i500 will ship with the Handspring Blazer web browser. According to the user manual that was part of Samsung’s FCC filing, it includes support for email, SMS, and gpsOne. It also has voice memo and voice dialing capabilities.

Though the official announcement was today, Samsung has yet to say what this device will cost or when it will be available from any wireless companies. It hasn’t even been added to the Samsung website.

Kyocera 7135

The i500 has a design similar to the Kyocera 7135, which came on the market in mid-December. It’s 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.

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