Late last year, the first details were revealed on the i730, an upcoming cellular-wireless Pocket PC from Samsung.
Until now, it hasn’t been known when this device will debut. Recently, however, BargainPDA reports that it has received “strong hints” from company representatives that indicate that the release of the i730 will be announced at the CTIA Wireless Tradeshow, going on March 14 – 16.
As this handheld has support for high-speed EV-DO networks, and Verizon is the only U.S. wireless carrier with an EV-DO network, then it has been widely assumed that Verizon will be offering the i730.
It is not yet known what the price for this model will be.
More About the Samsung i730
The i730 will be a replacement for the i700, which came out last year.
Like some other recent Pocket PCs, this model uses a traditional tablet design, but it sports a small QWERTY keyboard that is exposed when the screen slides up (see picture below).
The i730 will have several improvements over its predecessor, including a megapixel camera and support for EV-DO networks, which means it will offer typical download speeds of between 300 Kbps to 500 Kbps.
This handheld will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Second Edition, so its 240-by-320-pixel display supports both portrait and landscape modes.
It will include an SD slot with SDIO support and built-in stereo speakers.
The exact dimensions of the i730 are not known, but those who have seen it say it is just slightly bigger than palmOne’s Treo series.
Samsung hasn’t revealed what this device’s processor speed and RAM will be.
Big Brother and Little Brother
The i730 will be quite similar in many ways to a Pocket PC phone with EV-DO support already being offered by Verizon, the Audiovox XV6600.
Both use the same general shape, but the i730 will be significantly the smaller. The down side of this is the i730’s screen will be just 2.8 inches, while the XV6600 has a 3.5-inch display.
Thanks to Engadget for the tip.