Sendo today announced that it has begun shipping its first multimedia smartphone, the Sendo X, to several European countries, with a full rollout continuing over the summer months.
This smartphone runs the Symbian OS with Nokia’s Series 60 providing the user interface. It has 64 MB of memory, with up to 32 MB available for the user. This device also includes an SD/MMC slot for additional storage.
It can run applications designed for Series 60 and also ones written in Java. In addition, it comes with document viewers that allow it to view email attachments in a wide variety of formats, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, plus PDF and many more.
It isn’t all business. The Sendo X comes with an MP3 player and an image viewer.
This is a Tri-Band GSM/GPRS phone that uses 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz. It also includes Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.
The Sendo X is coming this month to France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Rollouts in the UK and Germany are expected later this summer. It is not known if this device will be available in North America, but the fact that there isn’t a version with 850 MHz doesn’t bode well for a U.S. release.
More information about this device is available on the Sendo web site.
A Unusual History
This phone was developed under unusual circumstances.
When Microsoft officially debuted its first operating system for smartphones in late 2002, Sendo was one of two mobile phone manufacturers who was on the stage to demonstrate its Z100, which would be using the new operating system. Then, in a move that sent a shock wave through the industry, Sendo announced the next month that it was dropping all plans to ever use Smartphone 2002 or release the Z100, only weeks before its was scheduled to be available. Instead, the company licensed Series 60 for use in its future high-end mobile phones.
In 2003, Sendo filed a lawsuit against Microsoft in U.S. federal court. The suit alleges that several features Sendo developed for the Z100 showed up in other phones running Smartphone 2002, including the Orange SPV. This lawsuit is still ongoing.
The Sendo X was announced in 2003 and was originally slated to be out during the first three months of this year. However, it ran into delays, not unusual when a company is creating its first smartphone.