PDA News – iPaq 6500 pics & specs, PalmSource acquires China, Samsung release dates?

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Detailed iPAQ hw6500 pics and specs

Lisa Gade, Editor of MobileTechReview.com, had a chance to play with the iPaq Mobile Messenger at an HP event in San Jose the other day, and she came back with a lot of new information on the upcoming model.

Contrary to initial reports, the 6500 will not feature WiFi, only Bluetooth and GSM/GPRS/EDGE for connectivity. It has a 1200 milliamp-hour battery, removable flip-cover, SDIO and Mini-SD slots, 240 x 240 square screen, and runs Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. The device will come bundled with TomTom software for the integrated GPS receiver. One version of the device will feature a 1.3 megapixel camera, and a second will feature no camera.

Meanwhile, iPAQabilities.com has gotten hold of some new photos of the 6500, including a head-on shot that shows off the device’s square screen, and a shot of the 6500 in someone’s hands.



PalmSource completes acquisition of China MobileSoft

PalmSource has officially completed their acquisition of China MobileSoft, also known as CMS. CMS is a major designer of mobile phone software in China, where their software is licensed by ten manufacturers. PalmSource has stated their intention to use CMS’ work with customized Linux software as a platform to make a new Linux-based version of the Palm OS.

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Report: March release date on Verizon for Samsung i730, i640

A report has reached us concerning the release dates for the Samsung i730 PocketPC phone and the i640 Windows Smartphone on Verizon’s network. According to the report, the Samsung models will be launched in late March, on or about the 23rd. The i730 is a Windows Mobile PocketPC which features a sliding keyboard, Bluetooth, EvDO cellular data, and may or may not include WiFi. The i645 is a Windows Mobile Smartphone that features a clamshell design, an SDIO slot, and EvDO.


Axim X50v pulled from Dell’s European online stores

Dell’s Axim X50v flagship model disappeared from the company’s online stores for Belgium and Germany some time early Friday. It’s unknown what caused the its removal, or what other European countries may be affected. The prevailing theory is that strong demand overcame supply, and that the company is holding new orders until more units can be shipped to Europe.



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