Samsung is demonstrating in Hong Kong this week a prototype of a New Wireless Handheld running Pocket PC Phone Edition, according to PC World. The SPH-M400 offers an impressive array of features, including a built-in TV tuner.
This device will use CDMA 2000 1x EvDO wireless networks, which are available in Korea and can transfer data at up to 2.4 MBps. It can be used to make phone calls but its primary purpose is for Wireless Data access.
The SPH-M400 will have all of the basic features expected in a Pocket PC, like a 240 by 320 pixel, 65,000 color screen and an SD/MMC slot, with SDIO support. It can also do voice recognition and text-to-speech, plus it will have a TV tuner and a GPS receiver.
It will use a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor. This handheld will be 5.2 by 2.8 by .7 inches and weigh 7.1 ounces.
Samsung intends to release the SPH-M400 in Korea in the first quarter of 2003. It is not clear when or if it will be available in the U.S.
Pocket PC Phone Edition
Pocket PC Phone Edition should not be confused with Smartphone 2002, which is for mobile phones with extra wireless features, like email and Internet access. Pocket PC Phone Edition has been designed for handhelds that are similar to typical Pocket PC models except with wireless capabilities.
If Samsung was a person, it could be accused of playing the field. It has models coming out running all of the major handheld operating systems. In addition to this model running Pocket PC Phone Edition, it makes several models running the Palm OS and recently announced that it will use the Symbian OS in some of its upcoming 2.5 and 3G mobile phone handsets.