PDA News – New Samsung PPC phone, More Treo 670 photos, MicroSD cards

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Samsung shows off new PocketPC phone

Last week, Samsung unveiled another new PocketPC phone. The i750 will mimic the design styling of the upcoming i730, but instead of concealing a keyboard in its sliding case, the i750 has a standard 12-button numerical keypad. The i750 is also the first PocketPC to use a TransFlash memory card slot instead of a more common larger format such as SDIO. It has Bluetooth, WiFi, 64 MB RAM, 128 MB ROM, and EDGE mobile data. Dimensions are unknown, but it appears to be about the size of the i730.

Unfortunately, according to the specifications, the i750 will only support three of the four GSM bands: 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz. This means that the only major North American GSM carrier that could fully support the i750 would be T-Mobile, who doesn’t have an EDGE data network. It’s possible that we’ll see a quad-band version that would work on Cingular and other carriers, but I wouldn’t wait up at night, since this looks like an overseas-only release.


More photos of the Treo 670; Windows interface seen

Following up on our story from last week, more photos have surfaced of the possible Treo 670 smartphone. The new photos were provided by the same source as the originals, along with a note.

For those people who think it might have been photoshop. … Here’s a picture with my hand holding it.  Yeah, they look ugly =)  Also I included pictures of the top.  This is all the pictures I have of them….

Seen on the Treo’s screen in the first of the three new photos are the dim outlines of what appears to be a Windows start menu, wireless connectivity and volume icons, and a close button. These would seem to back up the claim of the individual who provided the photos: specifically, that the new Treos run a PocketPC operating system. Previous photos offered no solid evidence one way or another as to the OS on the models in question.

While the user interface is the only significant new detail revealed, the new photos go a long way towards proving that the 670 is real.


SD Card Association to approve ‘Micro SD’ format

The SD Card Association is poised to approve a new “Micro SD” memory card format for use in cell phones and other microelectronics. The Micro SD cards are physically and electronically identical to Sandisk’s TransFlash cards, allowing cross-compatibility between the two formats.


Treo 650 available on Rogers in Canada

The Treo 650 is now officially carried by the largest GSM provider in the land of snow and healthcare. The Rogers version of the 650 will take full advantage of their EDGE data network, and will retail for CAD$550 with a three-year contract including both voice and data service.




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