Samsung has given an SGH-i530 to each of over 13,000 officials and VIPs at the Olympic games in Athens, Greece. This is the first time this Palm OS smartphone has gotten into users’ hands.
Samsung has also created a wireless application to allow attendees of the Olympics to keep track of everything that’s going on.
A description of the SGH-i530 appears on Samsung’s Olympic web site (Flash). This smartphone is an updated version of the SGH-i500, a model that Samsung developed but was never picked up by any wireless carriers.
The SGH-i530 runs Palm OS Garnet 5.2. It has 32 MB of RAM and an SD/MMC slot for extra storage.
The i530 has a 324-by-352-pixel, 16-bit, TFT Touchscreen as its primary display. It also includes a smaller 96-by-128-pixel, full-color, OLED display on its exterior to display time- and phone-related information.
This is a GSM/GPRS (900/1800) device. It doesn’t support EDGE but its data capabilities allow users to send and receive emails and SMS and MMS messages. It also allows web surfing and WAP.
The i530 doesn’t have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth short-range wireless networking. Its SD slot support SDIO, so it’s possible that Wi-Fi or Bluetooth SD cards could be used with this smartphone, if the necessary drivers are available.
The resolution of its built-in camera is not yet known, aside from the fact that it is at least 1.0 megapixel.
The i530 is 3.5 inches tall, 2.2 inches wide, and 1.1 inches thick (90 x 55 x 28 mm). It weighs 5.1 ounces (145 g).
It comes with two batteries and two styli.
It is not known when any wireless carriers will begin offering the Samsung SGH-i530.