It’s essentially an open secret at this point that U.S.-based Cingular Wireless intends to introduce a new Pocket PC phone in the near future.
This device, which will supposedly be called the Cingular 8525, will be similar to a model already offered by this carrier, the 8125. However the upcoming version will add 3G cellular-wireless networking capabilities.
According to a presentation that recently leaked out of Cingular, this handheld will cost $600 without a contract, $435 with a 1-year contract and an unlimited data plan, or $360 with a 2-year contract and an unlimited data plan.
This same document also the 8525 will debut today, but it is not currently listed in the consumer or business sections of this carrier’s web site.
More About the Cingular 8525
The 8525 will use the same general form-factor as the current model, which means it will have a landscape orientation, with a QWERTY keyboard located on a slider so it can be hidden behind the QVGA touchscreen.
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Supposedly, the primary difference between this model and the 8125 will be the inclusion of UMTS/HSDPA high-speed wireless networking, giving users data transfer speeds between 400 and 700 kilobits per second.
This GSM device will also include Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0. It’s predecessor has only Wi-Fi b and Bluetooth 1.2.
Reportedly, the processor speed in the upcoming model has been doubled to 400 MHz.
A 2.0 megapixel camera and a microSD slot are expected to round out the specifications of the Cingular 8525.
There’s also expected to be a version of this Pocket PC without the built-in camera called the 8500.
According to widely available information, this will be a version of the HTC Hermes. If so, the rumored specifications will fit in with this device.
Thanks to Engadget for the tip