Socket Mobile Unveils SoMo 650 for Businesses

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Socket Mobile (formerly Socket Communications) has taken the wraps off an upcoming handheld built to address the market between consumer-oriented handhelds and heavy duty industrial devices.

"Mobile computing systems available today do not meet the mobility needs of small- to medium-sized companies or many business units within larger enterprises," said Kevin Mills, president and CEO of Socket Mobile. "Currently companies need to choose between devices that are often too costly and over featured or inexpensive and under featured, which results in mobility solutions being overly difficult to justify and deploy. The SoMo 650 is designed to change all of that, since it’s designed and developed for the currently underserved business mobility market."

Rugged and Functional

The SoMo 650 will have a durable form factor designed specifically to withstand multiple drops from one meter onto vinyl-covered concrete.

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For maximum flexibility in peripherals, this Pocket PC will include reinforced CompactFlash and SDIO slots, as well as Bluetooth 2.0.

Wi-Fi b/g will allow this handheld to run VoIP applications.

Socket’s latest handheld will run Windows Mobile 5 on a 624 MHz Intel processor, and include 128 MB of RAM and 256 MB Flash memory.

Pricing and Availability

Socket is on track to ship the SoMo 650 during the second quarter, starting with limited production in April and mass production in May. It will be released in the U.S. as well as selected countries in Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Prices will start at $648.

More information is available on Socket Mobile’s web site.

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