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3GSM LIVE: Tatung launches the M1 Smartphone Platform based on Windows Mobile 5.0
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 14.02.06 - 16:55:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 20381x
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First time surfaced last CeBIT, now it seems Tatung is ready to release their first Windows Mobile powered Smartphone, the M1.
Tatung has started the mass production of its M1 Smartphone Platform that should be available during Q2 2006 in the shops across Europe as branded and ODM. This bar type Smartphone is lightweight, compact and integrates a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 1.2 and advanced features for the discerning professional and demanding consumers.

Tatung is ready to ship the M1 Smartphone Platform to the European markets through selected distributors and ODM partners while Tatung declined yet to name these distributors and ODM partners. However, the platform should be available with specific IDs to differentiate the two distribution channels, but the overall functionalities are M1 is a Windows Mobile 5 platform that offers quad band GSM communication and GPRS Class B multi-slot class 12 data together with up to date features like Bluetooth 1.2 with A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) for stereo wireless headsets and speakers, 1.3 megapixel camera for pictures and videos usable for wireless messaging - all in a compact and lightweight form factor:

The platform has been engineered to offer a fresh mix of professional functions, typical of Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphones, together with entertainment oriented features such as the embedded java machine for 2D and 3D games, Windows Media Player 10 with DRM and miniSD slot - hot swappable - for cards up to 1GB.
Only 90 grams and 110(l) x 48 (w) x 16 (h) mm make the Tatung M1 one of the lightest and smallest Windows Mobile Smartphones on the market, without compromises in terms of processing power thanks to a TI OMAP 730 processor, clocked at 208 MHz, 128MB of Flash NAND memory and 64 MB of SRAM. The processor is based on the ARM9 core and offers hardware acceleration for security features and Java applications with a very low power consumption.

Professional users will benefit from the powerful messaging features, supported by the Windows Mobile 5, and the MMS client developed by Jataayu and fully integrated into the messaging client of the device. Through USB connection or Bluetooth it is also possible to use M1 as a GPRS modem, thanks to the Modem Link application. GPRS is Class B: this class enables making or receiving a voice call, or sending/receiving an SMS during a GPRS connection. During voice calls or SMS, GPRS services are suspended and then resumed automatically after the call or SMS session has ended. Multi-slot class 12 allows the following up and down links: one up, four down with 8-12Kbps send and 32-48Kbps receive; two up, three down with 16-24Kbps send and 24-36Kbps receive; three up, two down with 24-36Kbps send and 16-24Kbps receive; four up, one down with 32-48Kbps send and 8-12Kbps receive. The combination of the up and down slots is chosen by the network and the Smartphone according to the communications needs.

Consumers may use the M1 as their personal media player enjoying music with the bass enhanced high quality wired earphone supplied, or through a stereo wireless speaker system connected to M1 using the Stereo HiFi wireless Bluetooth profile (A2DP). The 1,3 megapixel camera with LED Flash is capable of shooting pictures with the following resolutions: 1280x1024, 640x480, 320x240 and 160x120; the camera has a 4X Digital Zoom with hardware navigation and is capable of 5 pictures at a time with the continuous shutter feature. In camcorder mode, M1 supports 320x240 and 160x120 up to 15 fps.
Games support is extensive as the device offers compatibility with programs developed for the Windows Mobile 5 operating system (Smartphone edition) and Java games. JeodeK by Esmertec is the Java virtual machine (JVM) which provides a CLDC/MIDP2.0 compatible solution on M1 and there is an optional module compliant with JSR184 for 3D Java games. With Pocket MSN Messenger and Pocket MSN support, users may chat with instant messages and access their Hotmail on the move; Pocket Internet Explorer is also compatible for wap browsing on mobile network operators and allows the download of games, ringtones and other contents.

The Tatung M1 Smartphone platform is already available in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Prices were not given yet but will be announced by national distributors.

Cheers ~ Arne


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