The FCC approved the Samsung SCH-i830 almost ten months ago, and there’s finally a sign that this Pocket PC is going to see the light of day.
According to an unconfirmed post on HowardForums, it will be released exclusively by Verizon on January 10.
In an unusual move, this model will have support for both CDMA and GSM/GPRS, which means it will be usable on both sides of the Atlantic.
Supposedly, it will even offer EV-DO, giving it typical download speeds of 400 to 700 kilobits per second (kbps).
The news isn’t all good. There’s no doubt that in some ways this long delay has put the i830 behind the cutting edge.
It will run Windows Mobile 2003 SE, for example, not the latest version of this operating system.
And, although it will have Bluetooth, it will lack Wi-Fi.
More About the Samsung i830
The i830 will be a variation of the i730, an earlier CDMA-only model.
Verizon is currently offering the i730, so it seems likely that the i830 will take its place.
This handheld will have a 240-by-320-pixel display and an SD slot.
It will have 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of Flash ROM.
According to this rumor, the Samsung i830 will be surprisingly expensive. At minimum, it will cost $700, with that price jumping up to $820 for those unwilling to sign a contract with Verizon.
Up Against the Treo
At roughly the same time as the i830 will reportedly come out, this same carrier is expected to introduce the Treo 700w.
These will be someone similar, including the fact that both will be cellular-wireless Pocket PCs with built-in keyboards.
There will be some differences, though. The i830 will have a higher-resolution screen, but the Treo will cost less.
Thanks to Engadget for the tip.