PDA News – 8 GB smartphone, Nokia E61, Toshiba returns?

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Samsung announces 8 GB smartphone

Barely a month after they announced a Windows Mobile Smartphone with a 4 GB microdrive, Samsung is at it again. Now they’re unveiling another smartphone with an 8 GB internal drive. In addition to massive storage, the SGH-i310 will have a 2.0 MP camera, Bluetooth, TV-out, USB 2.0, video recording, optional Bluetooth headphones, and a MicroSD slot for further expansion. Of course, this will be primarily a European release, so if you want them over here in the states, you’ll have to buy one unlocked.


Nokia E61 coming to US

Nokia’s Symbian-based Treo clone, the E61, appears to be coming to the US. The FCC has just approved the device for sale here. The E61 features quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 1.2, WiFi, 75 MB of memory, a 320 x 240 screen, and a Treo-style design with thumb keyboard. It also comes preloaded with software for VoIP, Blackberry Connect, Goodlink, Visto, and other technologies.

As yet, we don’t know whether the E61 will be available on a carrier, or if it will only be available in unlocked form.


Report: Toshiba planning return to market

According to a Toshiba executive, the company is contemplating a return to the mobile computing market with some type of smartphone. Peter Ford, Toshiba’s manager for “mobile communications, said to a German site that the company expects to announce its smartphone at the CeBIT tradeshow later this week.

Here’s a stunner, though: According to Ford, the company hasn’t decided whether to use Windows Mobile or Symbian for the device. Uh, kids? I would think that that’s the sort of thing that you want to nail down first, rather than making a decision less than a week before the announcement. Otherwise you stand a good chance of having your engineers revolt.



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