Ever since Samsung first began showing off the SCH-i730 last year, people have been assuming that this cellular-wireless Pocket PC would be offered by Verizon Wireless.
It isn’t a big logical jump. This handheld has support for high-speed EV-DO networks, and Verizon is the only U.S. wireless carrier with an EV-DO network.
Nevertheless, until now there has been no concrete proof that Verizon would carry this model.
That changed today, when this wireless service provider announced that the i730 would be available this summer.
Details are sketchy at this point, as Verizon declined to say how much this Pocket PC would cost, or name an exact delivery date.
More About the Samsung i730
The i730 will be a replacement for the i700, which came out in 2003.
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).
A wireless plan that includes EV-DO is still quite expensive, but Verizon announced today that it is dropping the monthly price by $20, to $59.99.
This handheld will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC Second Edition, so its 240-by-320-pixel display will support both portrait and landscape modes.
It will include an SD slot with SDIO support and built-in stereo speakers.
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 downside of this is the i730’s screen will be just 2.8 inches, while the XV6600 has a 3.5-inch display.