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Monday, 31.07.06
UNVEILED: First Picture of HTC's New QWERTY Smartphone Excalibur
Posted by Daniel Simnacher - at 21:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last week there was some rumours about a new HTC Smartphone with an QWERTY keyboard like the Motorola Q or the Samsung i320. Today Mike Temporale from Smartphone Thoughts recieved the first pre-production picture of this device. This new device is being developed under the codename of HTC Excalibur.
While the picture appears to make this device look big, it's only a couple millimeters thicker than Samsung's i320 and 2 millimeters shorter. The Excalibur will be an Quad-band device with built in WiFi.

But there is just one more thing, a realy innovative touch jog strip.

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Friday, 28.07.06
ANNOUNCED: Idruna Software Releases Pocket Phojo 4.0
Posted by Daniel Simnacher - at 14:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Idruna Software Inc., develops and publishes innovative graphics software for Windows, Linux, and Pocket PC, has released Pocket Phojo 4.0, the smallest and most effective solution for editing, captioning, and transmitting images from anywhere in the world.
Pocket Phojo 4.0 has unique new features designed for covering large events such as the World Cup, where it was used to great effect. Simply connect your Pocket PC to your Canon 1D Mark II, Mark II N, or 1Ds Mark II via USB, take your photos as normal, then all you have to do is press the Protect button on the back of the camera to transmit a fully captioned and press ready image via WiFi, Bluetooth Phone, or BGAN satellite modem, while you keep shooting! Pocket Phojo has become an extremely powerful yet easier to use alternative to the Canon WFT-E1 WiFi transmitter, and greatly extends the capabilities of the supported cameras.

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Thursday, 27.07.06
COMPATIBILITY: MultiIE 4 adds Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've written about the MultiIE 4 Pocket PC version some days ago and with v4.0-d72, MultiIE also supports Windows Mobile Smartphones now.
So far, MultiIE was the best Pocket Internet Explorer/Internet Explorer Mobile plugin for Pocket PCs but it never supported Smartphones. This changed now, even if this Smartphone version is still a pretty early alpha.
Nevertheless, it basically supports the same features it supports on Pocket PCs, including tabbed-browsing with loading status, quick full screen mode, hardware buttons assignment, background window loading, keep backlight on and many more essential features:

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Monday, 24.07.06
UPDATE: Southway released MultiIE 4.0 for Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

No question, I'm a long time fan of MultiIE and when Peter started the development of version 1, it was the time when we used our Pocket PCs to surf the web via CSD GSM connections only, it was long time before we had GPRS and his idea was to develop a Pocket Internet Explorer plugin which allows tabbed-browsing to reduce the online time, since you could surf parallel in different PIE windows. MultiIE was born.
While we have Windows Mobile 5.0 today, Internet Explorer Mobile still lacks the support of tabbed-browsing and while MultiIE 3 worked perfect with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Pocket PCs, it never worked with Windows Mobile 5.0 since Microsoft changed the GUI with the introduction of Windows Mobile 5.0.
Now - after 2 years of silence - MultiIE is back - as version 4 which is designed to support Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs and Pocket PC Phone Editions now.

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Sunday, 23.07.06
OFFICIAL: HTC Star Trek Approved by FCC
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 18:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Americans can finally look forward to the release of the HTC Star Trek (aka: Qtek 8500, I-Mate Smartflip, etc.) as the FCC has approved the Star Trek for sale in the United States. Take a look at Arne' previous review of this phone, and these comparisons to other devices.

The HTC Star Trek is a revolutionary design in Windows Mobile Smartphones. Not only is it one of the few clamshell designs, it is the only "slim" clamshell design out there. See Arne's comparison pics above to see the Star Trek next to the Razr.

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Friday, 21.07.06
UNVEILED: HTC is working on its first own GPS-enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Taiwanese reports today, Dopod International - HTC's own retailer for the Asian market - plans to launch its first GPS-enabled PDA mobile phone by the end of the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter, aiming to strengthen its presence in the consumer segment, according to company sources.

I would say - GPS enabled PDA mobile phone isn't the whole information at all. Since Dopod is a daughter company of HTC, which is manufacturing Windows Mobile devices only, it can be expected that HTC is indeed working on a Windows Mobile powered Pocket PC Phone Edition with GPS now.

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ENHANCEMENT: Palm to put W-LAN into future Treos
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, sure the Windows Mobile Treo(s) are great devices, even if the Treo 700w is coming with a square 240x240 screen only and also the Vodafone Treo 750v isn't expected to be anything better.
Nevertheless, the real drawback so far was the absence of W-LAN for such a high-tech PDA. But this might change in future, as Palm's CEO Ed Colligan told the Washington Post now.

According to that article Palm will add Wi-Fi into future Treos but Colligan declined to talk about when the future starts or which device the first W-LAN enabled Treo could be:

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QUICKDIAL: VITO Technology announced updated VITO QuickContact WM 5.0 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, VITO Technology announced an update for its popular contact manager - VITO QuickContact WM 5.0 and if you don't have an HTC-based Pocket PC Phone Edition which comes with HTC's "IntelliDialer" (or your carrier has removed SmartDial) or you have a Pocket PC Phone Edition from a different manufacture, this might be a handy addition for your device to dial contacts faster and easier.
Designed specially for Windows Mobile 5.0 powered Pocket PCs VITO QuickContact WM 5.0 makes contacts searching really quick and easy even in huge contact lists. VITO QuickContact is all about searching contacts. If you have a long list of contacts - this program is exactly what you need. With VITO QuickContact on your Pocket PC (Phone Edition) you can find a contact with a few button presses. There is no need to pull out a stylus to make a phone call! It comes especially helpful when you're busy doing something and have only one free hand: you can look up contacts and call them - all with one hand!

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Wednesday, 19.07.06
OFFICIAL: Vodafone announces Palm Treo 750v
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 20:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After recent news that Palm is working on a GSM version of its Treo Windows Mobile device with Microsoft and Vodafone, today we get confirmation that Vodafone UK will be carrying the new "Palm Lennon", to be known as the Palm Treo 750v. Sans the antenna, the device looks alot like the 700w. One expects the device to be UMTS capable and carry Microsofts AKU2.
Vodafone have created a web page for customers who wish to be notified when the 750v is available.

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LINK: PDA News [DE] reviews the Samsung SGH-i750 (German Edition)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Indeed, the Samsung SGH-i750 is available world-wide for a fairly long time already but it was just recently announced and launched in Germany.
Reason enough for Marc from PDA News [DE] to have a close look at the German version and the first part of his review is now up and available:

Stylish design, good build quality, a gorgeous screen, text input through a hardware keypad, multimedia and connectivity options galore, Samsungs SGH-i750 Pocket PC Phone has a lot to offer in a strikingly small package. But it's the built-in 2 MP autofocus camera that lets it clearly stand out of the crowd. Read on, why the triband GSM/EDGE device is a good choice for business men and gadget lovers alike, even though it runs on the already outdated Pocket PC 2003SE operating system.

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ANNOUNCED: Gigabyte Communications unveils the new gSmart i128 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Gigabyte Communications unveiled its new gSmart i128, the world's first Multi-lingual mobile phone, featuring Multi-lingual internet browsing and Windows Mobile document viewing while traveling to 98 countries worldwide. In addition, this flagship phone delivers entertainment values with a 2.1 Mega Pixel camera and an analog TV receiver with retractable antenna.
Now, Gigabyte gSmart i128, the follower of the gSmart Windows Mobile Pocket PC, may assist business travelers to efficiently manage their time working from anywhere. In fact, gSmart i128 offers efficient and speedy mobile internet access via Wi-Fi or GPRS. Powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2.3 Push E-Mail technology, the gSmart i128 activates real time E-Mail, schedule and tasks. At the same time, business travelers may stay productive using Mobile Office programs, such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

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RSS READER: Alien6 Technologies released A6•Times for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After Alien6 released A6•Times for Pocket PC some weeks ago, now Alien6 has released A6•Times fir Smartphone - which is a user friendly electronic newspaper for your Windows Mobile Smartphone device that supports all known Web content syndication formats and versions (RSS, Atom, RDF).
A6•Times wants to set itself apart from other similar RSS feed readers with a spectacular user interface that organizes information into sections, just like a traditional newspaper does.
Synchronize it anytime and then bring it with you wherever you go. And, unlike ordinary newspapers, it fits in your pocket.

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Tuesday, 18.07.06
RELEASED: Dopod Taiwan launched the HTC Breeze as Dopod 595 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Again Dopod did it first, this time with HTC's first 3G Smartphone, the HTC Breeze which was recently launched by Dopod in Taiwan where it is called Dopod 595. While the other local Dopod sites even not mentioning the 595 yet, it's on sale in Taiwan now for NT$ 16,900, approximately US $515.
The HTC Breeze, which was previously announced by HTC to be retailed as HTC MTeoR also is the world's first 3G Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone in a stylish and slim-line candy bar design.
While it may be small, just 112.4 x 49 x 14.8mm and weighing a mere 120g, this neat device is a powerful and smart phone. The Dopod 595 features Windows Mobile 5.0 Direct Push technology (MSFP) for immediate synchronization of E-Mail, calendar and notes plus document viewers for PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It's the ideal choice for busy people on the road who only want to carry one small device.

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Friday, 14.07.06
UTILITY: Paragon Software announces Handy Weather for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Pargon Software's Smartphone version launch last month, now the Windows Mobile software specialist also released a Pocket PC version of its Handy Weather forecast application which supplies users with accurate and detailed weather forecast.
Handy Weather makes customers free from scrolling through complicated menus to find the necessary info or register the program. Now user can buy both the program and one year subscription from his device, if it is connected to Internet. It is a very simple and useful way to get to know precise and latest weather forecast particularly if the user is far from his PC. Wide functional possibilities of the application are combined with maximum simplicity in use.

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Thursday, 13.07.06
ANNOUNCED: Palm, Vodafone and Microsoft collaborate on next-generation Treo Windows Mobile for Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like we have the final confirmation that Palm is indeed working on a UMTS Windows Mobile Treo and best of all, it will not only appear in the US (as reported earlier) but will also come over to Europe after Palm today announced it has forged a new relationship with Vodafone targeted at expanding the adoption of wireless push E-Mail in Europe.
The Palm Treo smartphone that will result from this collaboration will represent an industry first by operating on Vodafone's 3G/UMTS network and delivering the hallmark Palm experience on top of the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system. The new Treo smartphone will be available first to Vodafone customers in multiple European countries, including the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and Netherlands, before the end of the calendar year.

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Wednesday, 12.07.06
READER: Adisasta Software announces the release of WinMobile Fusion for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you haven't found your RSS Feed Reader yet, maybe this one is something for you. Adisasta Software, today announced the availability of WinMobile Fusion for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs, a state-of-the-art RSS reader with inbuilt support of BitTorrent.
WinMobile Fusion combines and makes mobile the two network technologies that have the biggest impact on the Internet at the moment: RSS and BitTorrent. With WinMobile Fusion. According to Adisasta Software, the way we receive and consume information will never be the same again. By fusing RSS and BitTorrent in a mobile application, WinMobile Fusion will completely alter the information delivery process and effectively take advantage of every bit and byte of the wireless bandwidth that you are connected to. Now there is no need for anyone to hesitate if there is a way to publish multimedia enormous files online without draining their financial resources on bandwidth fees or driving their consumers mad with grueling delays.

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ANNOUNCED: NTT DoCoMo to launch the HTC Hermes Pocket PC Phone Edition as hTc Z
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following NTT DoCoMo's and HTC's earlier announcement, to jointly market HTC Windows Mobile devices to the Japanese market, today both companies announced the launch of the first Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, the "hTc Z", which will features - for sure - the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Japanese-edition operating system.
The hTc Z, which is based on HTC's Hermes Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition will enable a variety of useful mobile business solutions using Windows and Exchange Server, in addition to Bluetooth and many add-in applications.
Since the hTc Z is the same device as HTC's recently announced HTC TyTN, it features the same specifications such as tri-band UMTS 3G which will allow NTT DoCoMo customers to access DoCoMo's FOMA 3G network as well as to roam across Europe, US and Asia, plus GSM, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a mini-USB port.

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Tuesday, 11.07.06
COOPERATION: SBSH and WebIS joined forces to launch Pocket Informant for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket Informant is - together with AgendaFusion - the leading Outlook application for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs but so far, there was no Windows Mobile Smartphone version available. Now SBSH Mobile Software and Web Information Solutions announced a new branding for SBSH Papyrus as Pocket Informant for SmartPhone (PISP) devices. The new PISP version will be offered on WebIS online store and distribution channels where as SBSH Mobile Software will continue to product distribution using the Papyrus brand name.
Papyrus turns your Smartphone into a powerful time management system by offering innovative and compelling tools to manage and keep track of your schedule, plus advanced views, category coloring and icons far beyond the ability of the default Smartphone Calendar and Tasks programs. What's more, Papyrus is highly customizable, so it works the way you work while keeping the intuitive and user-friendly interface you expect of your Smartphone.

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Friday, 07.07.06
ANNOUNCED: Vodafone Germany to launch the HTC Star Trek as Qtek 8500
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the VPA compact III announcement, Vodafone Germany also announced today to release the Qtek 8500 HTC Star Trek or as it is called now "STRTrk") this summer. HTC's first clamshell Windows Mobile Smartphone (see my previous review of the Qtek 8500 here) is sporting quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, communicates in short-range via Bluetooth (but misses IrDA), weights only 99 grams with battery and touts a breath-taking 16mm with a build-in 1.3-megapixel camera and dedicated music control buttons.
It's powered by Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 and running with a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz, has 64 MB RAM and 64 MB ROM. The main 2.2" TFT LCD with LED backlight gives you crystal clear, crisp and vibrant image and colors. The secondary 1.2" TFT LCD on the front cover keeps you always informed of the time and date, identity of callers and what music is playing.

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ANNOUNCED: Vodafone Germany to launch the HTC Hermes as Vodafone VPA compact III
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How Vodafone Germany announced today, the second largest German carrier will also launch the HTC Hermes during this summer and is therefore following T-Mobile which recently announced to launch the HTC Hermes as T-Mobile MDA Vario II and O2 Germany which announced to launch it as O2 Xda trion.
The tri-band UMTS/3G Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition also sports GSM, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a mini-USB port, making data transfer simple - anytime, anywhere.
The VPA compact III comes equipped with a slide-out, ergonomic QWERTZ (since it is a German device) keyboard and 2.8 color display with touch-screen. It also features a jog wheel for easy, one-hand operation.
Interesting enough, Vodafone selects the HTC TyTN ID which looks slightly different to O2's Xda trion ID:

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Thursday, 06.07.06
LINK: CNET Australia gives the O2 Xda Atom Exec a first review
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

CNET Asia got its hands on a brand new O2 Atom Exec, which was recently announced by O2 Asia and published a review with some new great photos of the Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, which is an incremental upgrade to the original Atom, a move the company hopes will help stave off increasing competition from the likes of HP with its iPAQ rw6828 or the upcoming multimedia BlackBerry devices.
Following the highly successful design of the original Atom, the Exec offers the same dimensions - 102x58x18.5 mm - and a more than manageable weight of 140g. The most significant design difference between the first Atom and the Atom Exec is the fact that the new one uses a matte as opposed to a glossy finish.

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UPDATE: Hubdog Google Pack-like Installer for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SRN today announced Hubdog Software Pack, a free software collection including all the essential and suggested components needed to enjoy your favorite media (Video/Music Podcasts, Blogs, News) on your Windows Mobile Pocket PC.
Hubdog Software Pack is a Google Pack-like Desktop Installer for Windows Mobile Pocket PC. In just a few clicks, it sets you up for an optimal mobile media experience; letting you enjoy your device's infotainment and entertainment capacities to its fullest ! Stay tuned, Hubdog Pack will keep adding more essential software titles in the coming months. Safe, quick and easy, Hubdog Software Pack greatly simplifies Hubdog's installation process.

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Wednesday, 05.07.06
UNVEILED: Bluebird announced the Pidion DM-300 T-DMB Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In the past, BlueBird was always good for some shiny Pocket PC devices, Bluebird sold under the Pidion brand, but in Korea only. Now the Korean manufacture announced another design and feature packed Pocket PC highlight: the Pidion BM-300 which reminds a little bit on LG's Chocolate phone but unlike the Chocolate, the BM-300 is a Pocket PC (but not a Phone Edition at all) running Windows Mobile 5.0. It's sporting a 2.8" QVGA screen and is powered by an Intel Bulverde CPU with 520 MHz. Memory-wise it has 64 MB RAM, 128 MB ROM and accepts SD memory cards. Connectivity-wise it has WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and USB on board. However, the most interesting feature is it's inbuilt support for T-DMB digital terrestrial TV:

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Tuesday, 04.07.06
TERMINATED: Navigon phases out its line of PDA platform products in North America
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One and a half year after Navigon announced to enter the US American market with its Pocket PC navigation solution, now Navigon announced to retire from the US market.
NAVIGON, suppliers of the navigation software for OCN5 (OnCourseNavigator), has announced its intention to phase out its line of PDA platform products in North America, effective immediately. Easy must therefore announce its decision to discontinue the OCN5 product line as of July 1, 2006. Users of this product should note that both Easy and Navigon are committed to providing continuing technical support for OCN5 through July 1, 2007.

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ANNOUNCED: Sharp introduced the Willcom W-Zero3 [es] Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following last years launch of the first Japanese Pocket PC Phone Edition - the Willcom W-Zero3 - today Sharp jointly launched with Willcom and Microsoft its follower - the Willcom W-Zero3 [es] Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition.
While the initial W-Zero3 reminds more on a Pocket PC Phone Edition with QWERTY keyboard, the W-Zero3 [es] now looks like a mix of Pocket PCs and Smartphones and also features a 2nd mobile phone styled keyboard on the front.
The Willcom W-Zero3 [es] is using Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 OS for Pocket PC Japanese editions with AKU2 and support of Microsoft's MSFP and works on the Japanese PHS (W-SIM) mobile networks.

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RELEASED: Samsung officially launches the Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Korean Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced its official launch of the Samsung SGH-i320 slim Windows Mobile Smartphone with QWERTY keyboard, signaling the company's still driving to the Smartphone market.
The sleek and stylish Samsung i320 is a super-slim bar type handset, measuring just 11.5mm in depth and 95g in weight with an easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard. The QWERTY keyboard has the same keyboard layout used in personal computers, enabling users to send E-Mails and text messages far more conveniently; such a fun and simple methodology proved to be a huge success amongst consumers in the US and Europe.

The i320 operates in the GSM/GPRS 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz networks using Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone Operating System to provide users with a familiar interface that is easy to navigate and use. It allows users to write and store texts, exchange E-Mails in real-time, type memos, and more.

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Saturday, 01.07.06
REVEALED: Samsung's SGH-i770 clamshell Pocket PC Phone Edition appeared at the FCC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

From the FCC, Phone Scoop have caught some more news of the so far unannounced but speculated Samsung i770, a - well let's say odd looking Pocket PC Phone Edition device, which is a clamshell kind of Pocket PC. The most interesting part, beside the odd design, is the way the "butterfly" keyboard is utilized since it reminds pretty much on a Sony Ericsson M600 keyboard that has two letters per key, pressing the left half of the key will input one letter while pressing the right will trigger the other.
Beside this special keyboard design, the other features are pretty common since it is expected to feature a rotating 2 megapixel camera with flash, includes Bluetooth, microSD, an external color display and a jog-wheel for scrolling and for media playback control when the phone is closed.

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