AT&T has just released the Samsung Epix, a Windows Mobile smartphone that includes both a touchscreen and an optical mouse.
It uses a tablet shape, with a small QWERTY keyboard on its front, below its 2.5-inch, 320-by-320-pixel display. Between these two is a something very unusual for a smartphone: an optical mouse controlling an on-screen pointer.
The Epix also features a variety of wireless communications options: AT&T’s 3G network, Wi-Fi b/g, and stereo Bluetooth. It will be usable in many countries around the world, including international 3G capabilities.
It runs Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system, which is bundled with a suite of productivity and personal information management software..
Other features include aGPS, a 2 MPx camera, and a microSD memory card slot for storage of up to 32 GB of data.
More about the Optical Mouse
The Epix is the first sold in the U.S. with an optical mouse, so it’s likely some would like to learn more about it.
Located in the center of the device between the hardware buttons, the optical mouse allows navigation by sweeping a finger over it. A single tap makes a selection.
The optical mouse can also be switched to a four-way navigation key for more traditional navigation. For those who would rather directly use with the touchscreen, they can either use their finger to navigate or the Epix’s built-in stylus for greater accuracy.
Other Details of the Samsung Epix
This smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6.1, and has up to 150 MB of memory available to the user, and 256 MB of ROM.
Although the Epix doesn’t have a front-facing camera, it does support AT&T Video Share, the first carrier-based service in the U.S. that allows users to share live video over wireless devices while participating in a voice call.
Overall, this device is 4.6 inches by 2.4 inches by 0.5 inches and weighs 4.4 ounces.
Pricing and Availability
It sells for $200 with a two-year service agreement and after a mail-in rebate.
For more information, go to www.att.com/samsungepix.