Samsung i500 Smart Phone Significantly Delayed

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According to a company spokesperson, the Samsung SGH-i500 Palm OS smart phone won’t be available this year.

The spokesperson declined to give a reason for the delay. She also was unwilling to state at this time that the device will definitely be released in 2004.

Samsung made a big splash when it unveiled the SGH-i500 in March of this year, as it was the first smart phone to be announced with Palm OS 5.2 and a camera. Since that time, Handspring announced the Treo 600, which also has those features and is being released this month.

The SGH-i500 should not be confused with the Samsung SPH-i500, a very different Palm OS smart phone that has been available from Sprint PCS since this summer.

Samsung is just one of several companies that recently have run into problems releasing mobile devices. Gateway, JVC, and Fossil have all delayed the release of handhelds in the past few months.

More About the SGH-i500

The SGH-i500 will have 32 MB of RAM and 32 MB of ROM. It will use an Intel PXA262 processor at 300 MHz.

This model will have a clamshell shape, with the phone keypad and buttons on one side and the screen on the other. There will be a second small screen on the outside. Its main screen will be 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 will be a 256 color, 96-by-64 pixel, OLED screen.

The SGH-i500 will have an SD slot for extra storage. This will be SDIO compatible, so it will be able to use non-memory peripherals that plug into the SD slot.

As a mobile phone, it will run on GSM/GPRS (900/1800,1900) wireless networks, which means it can be used worldwide. It will offer both voice and data capabilities.

Its battery will be swappable. 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, though Just-Talk doesn’t list this.

This device will be 3.4 by 2.1 by 1.0 inches and weigh 5.3 ounces.

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