Samsung has announced the SGH-i500, a smartphone that runs Palm OS 5.2 and includes an integrated digital camera. This device contains several features not seen on any Palm OS model before, smartphone or not.
This is the first device to be announced that will run the latest version of the Palm OS, which includes the new Graffiti 2 text-entry system.
It will have 32 MB of RAM and 32 MB of ROM. The only other Palm OS device announced so far with more than 16 MB of RAM is the Garmin iQue 3600, which isn’t available yet.
The SGH-i500 will run an Intel PXA262 processor at 300 MHz, the fastest processor yet seen on a Palm OS model.
This smartphone will include an integrated 330 thousand pixel camera capable of taking 640 by 480 pixel images. It also has a built-in flash.
This model has a clamshell shape, with the phone keypad and buttons on one side and the screen on the other. There is a second small screen on the outside.
Its main screen is a 320-by-353 pixel TFT LCD that can display 16-bit color. The extra height is for some icons displaying phone status. The outer screen is a 256 color, 96-by-64 pixel, OLED screen.
This device appears to make use of virtual Graffiti, as it doesn’t have a dedicated Graffiti area.
The SGH-i500 has an SD slot for extra storage. This is SDIO compatible, so it can use non-memory peripherals that plug into the SD slot.
As a mobile phone, it runs on GSM/GPRS (900/1800,1900) wireless networks, which means it can be used worldwide. It offers both voice and data capabilities.
Its battery is replaceable. The standard 1100 mAh battery will offer 200 minutes of talk time or 100 hours on stand-by. A 1700 mAh battery will also be available.
This device is 3.5 by 2.2 by 1.0 inches and weighs 5.3 ounces.
The SGH-i500 will be available in the third quarter of this year and pricing will be up to the mobile carrier.
It is on display at this week’s CeBIT show in Germany.