Samsung Preparing i530 Palm OS Smart Phone

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Samsung is one of the few companies to make both Palm OS and Pocket PC devices. Recently, it announced a new addition to its collection of Palm OS smart phones, the SGH-i530.

Courtesy of telefonino.net At the time of the announcement, little was known about the i530 aside from the fact that it is going to be an upgraded version of the company’s SGH-i500. Now, however, telefonino.net, a site based in Italy, has what it claims is a detailed description of this model.

According to this site, it will run Palm OS Garnet 5.2. Its processor isn’t known at this time, but the i500 uses a 300 MHz Intel processor. The i530 will have 32 MB of RAM and an SD/MMC slot for extra storage.

The i530 will supposedly have a 324-by-352-pixel, 16-bit, TFT, Touchscreen as its primary display. It will also include a smaller 96-by-128-pixel, full-color, OLED display on its exterior to display time- and phone-related information.

This will be a tri-band GSM/GPRS (900/1800/1900) device. It won’t support EDGE but its current data capabilities will allow users to send and receive emails and SMS and MMS messages. It will also allow web surfing and WAP.

Reportedly, the i530 won’t have built-in Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.

The smart phone will, of course, run most Palm OS applications and it will support playback of MPEG-4 and MP3 files.

The resolution of its built-in camera is not yet known, but it is expected to be better than that offered by the i500.

The Samsung SGH-i530 will be available in late spring or early summer. The company plans to give one of these to over 22,000 VIPs, athletes, and officials at the Olympic games in Athens, Greece this summer.

There have been unconfirmed rumors that Samsung is also developing a CDMA version of this smart phone for Sprint.

Samsung’s Palm OS Line

Samsung announced the SGH-i500 almost a year ago but it has never been available from any wireless carrier.

The SGH-i500 should not be confused with the SPH-i500, a very different Palm OS smart phone that has been available from Sprint PCS since last summer. It runs Palm OS 4.1 on a 66 MHz Dragonball processor and has 16 MB of memory.

In late January, Samsung received permission from the FCC to release the SGH-i505 in the U.S. This device will have a lower-resolution screen that the SGH-i530.

Thanks to gfunkmagic for the tip.

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