Very Small Smartphone May Be Available in the U.S.

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The FCC has given its approval to another Windows Mobile smartphone, the Audiovox SMT5600. This device is available now in Europe from Orange as the SPV C500.

The SMT5600 runs Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphones Second Edition on a 200 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. It has 32 MB of RAM and 64 MB of ROM.

Like all smartphones that use this platform, its 2.2-inch display has a resolution of 176 by 220 pixels.

The SMT5600 includes a miniSD slot and Bluetooth short-range wireless networking. It also has a camera capable of taking VGA images.

Audiovox SMT5600 This model is just 4.25 inches tall, 1.8 inches wide, and 0.6 inches thick (108mm by 46mm by 16mm). It weighs 3.5 ounces (100 g). This device is sometimes called the world’s smallest smartphone.

Coming to America?

Just because it has received FCC approval does not mean the SMT5600 will definitely be coming to the U.S. It was developed by High Tech Computers (HTC) of Taiwan, who may simply have gotten FCC approval for this device while it tries to persuade U.S. wireless service providers to offer it.

If a wireless carrier already has an agreement to offer a device before it gets FCC approval, the user manual submitted with the FCC filing will sometimes mention that carrier’s name. This isn’t the case with the SMT5600.

Still, this smartphone created quite a stir over the summer because of its very small size, something U.S. carriers can’t have missed.

The fact that it is a Tri-Band GSM/GPRS that supports 850 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 1900 MHz means that it will perform well on any U.S. wireless service provider that picks it up.

All the documentation filed with the FCC can be found on that government agency’s web site.

Thanks to Ted Finch for the tip.

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