Samsung Showing Off i505 Palm OS Smart Phone

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Samsung is demonstrating at this week’s ITU World Telecom 2003 conference in Switzerland the SGH-i505, an upcoming smart phone that runs the Palm OS.

Samsung recently disappointed many by announcing that its first handheld to run Palm OS 5 had been delayed, possibly permanently. It now appears that the reason for this was the company is already close to releasing a newer version.

According to msmobiles.com, which is present at the conference, the SGH-i505 will run Palm OS 5.2.1. The amount of memory and its processor speed are not known at this time.

It will have a clamshell design, with a screen and application buttons on one side, and a keypad and D-pad on the other. However, it will use a “twist and flip” arrangement, which means the screen can be rotated and closed down over the keypad, allowing the device to be used in the traditional tablet configuration.

The i505’s screen resolution isn’t known, but it will definitely use virtual Graffiti. If it is the same resolution as the SGH-i500, it will be a 320 by 353 pixels, with the extra height being used for some icons displaying phone status.

On the back of this device is a camera capable of taking 640 by 480 pixel (VGA) color images. It also has an SD slot and a swappable battery.

The exact dimensions aren’t known but, based on the msmobiles.com picture showing both the i505 and a HTC Tanager smart phone, Samsung’s latest is about 4 inches long when closed and about 2 inches wide.

The SGH-i500 runs on GSM/GPRS wireless networks and is expected to be released in Europe in the first part of 2004. It is not known if it will be available in the U.S.

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