Samsung has started offering the Mondi, which runs Windows Mobile and sports WiMax, a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, and a sliding keyboard.
It is part of an emerging class: the Mobile Internet Device. This means it is a portable computer bigger than a phone but smaller than a laptop with an emphasis on mobile Web, email, and social networking.
The Mondi was developed for use with the Clear Mobile WiMax service from Clearwire, a 4G wireless networking standard that is being rolled out around the U.S. this year. This MID also offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1, but does not function as a phone.
It is loaded with other features too, including GPS, 4 GB of internal storage, 32 GB of additional storage via a memory card slot, and a 3 MPx camera.
Any good MID needs an outstanding web browser, and the Mondi comes with Opera Mobile 9.5. as well as Internet Explorer Mobile.
In addition, Samsung is emphasizing the video playback, email, and social networking potential for this device. As it runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Classic, it comes with Microsoft’s suite of mobile applications, including Office Mobile and Outlook Mobile.
When it comes to multimedia playback, this MID has MHDMI TV Out and can handle XviD as well as DivX video up to 320 by 240 pixels.
It comes bundled with Route 66 Navigation software with Preloaded Maps, a car kit, and car charger, in addition to the standard AC charger.
“The Mondi packs productivity tools, entertainment options, and content management applications into a compact device that is flexible and intuitive,” said Omar Khan, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Product Management for Samsung Mobile.
Overall, the device is 4.9 inches wide, 3.0 inches tall, and 0.6 inches thick; it weighs 5.4 oz.
Pricing & Availability
The Samsung Mondi SWD-m100 is available now from this company’s website, where it sells for $450.
It will appear in Clearwire and Best Buy stores on August 1, but only in cities with WiMAX service: Atlanta, Las Vegas and Portland.
- Front view, with keyboard open
- Front view, with keyboard closed
- Side view
- Rear view
- Navigation Software