Microsoft's presentation of its new "System Center Mobile Device Manager",
Microsoft, AT&T and Samsung also unveiled the
(aka Samsung SGH-i617), a sleek, smart and simple Windows Mobile 6 Standard
smartphone which finally features quadband GSM/EDGE/GPRS, triband 3G UMTS/HSDPA
as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Furthermore, the BlackJack II features built-in
GPS, a 2.0 megapixel camera with video-capture capabilities as well as an
increased standard memory.
The powerful and performance-driven BlackJack II, which is available in slick
black and red wine color options, features a full QWERTY keyboard, large 2.4"
QVGA color display screen and front jog wheel to elevate productivity and
improve the mobile experience:
In addition to a robust feature set, BlackJack II provides users with access
to multiple e-mail accounts, both personal and business, through Microsoft
Direct Push technology with Outlook Mobile and AT&T Xpress Mail, which includes
most major POP3/IMAP providers. The BlackJack II also offers over-the-air
synchronization of contacts, calendar and task lists with Microsoft Exchange
Server or AT&T Xpress Mail.
"The BlackJack II takes one of AT&T's most popular smart devices and adds
to it a whole new level of functionality and capabilities," said Jeff
Bradley, senior vice president, Marketing and Operations for AT&T's wireless
unit. "This will provide business people and consumers alike with an even
more powerful and complete communications and entertainment tool backed by
the largest domestic and international wireless data footprint of any U.S.
"Samsung is proud to work with AT&T and Microsoft to bring the
next-generation BlackJack to the U.S. market," said Dale Sohn, president,
Samsung. "We built upon the success of last year's award-winning version of
the BlackJack, our No. 1-selling smart device. This highly popular device
allowed Samsung to develop BlackJack II with several design enhancements,
making it the quintessential device for both work and play."
With Windows Mobile 6, the BlackJack II brings a powerful personal computer
experience to the small screen and improves how people do business on the go on
a single device. The BlackJack II helps people keep track of schedules and
contacts through Outlook Mobile, browse the Internet by using Internet Explorer
Mobile, as well as manage Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents using Office
Mobile. Windows Mobile 6 also supports HTML e-mail so that people can view and
compose e-mail messages in their native format with live links to Web sites,
support for images, tables and bullets.
BlackJack II will be among the first Windows Mobile 6 devices from AT&T to
support Microsoft's System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, which Ballmer
introduced during his keynote address today. Available for BlackJack II in 2008,
System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 offers companies an end-to-end solution
for managing and securing Windows Mobile devices. Employees will also have
access to company information and a line of business applications from a single,
secure place behind the firewall by using a cutting-edge Mobile Virtual Private
"Samsung and AT&T are delivering a worthy successor to the wildly popular
first generation BlackJack," said Pieter Knook, senior vice president,
Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft Corp. "Windows Mobile 6 on the
shiny, sleek BlackJack II is a great option to those wanting to run errands
or take a walk in the park, all while staying in touch with important
business and personal matters."
With features such as stereo Bluetooth technology - with stereo headset
support - a 2.0-megapixel camera with video-capture capabilities, an RSS reader
client and Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, users will always be connected,
entertained and informed. Built-in GPS technology allows customers to
location-based applications, including TeleNav GPS Navigator, which provides
GPS-enabled turn-by-turn voice and on-screen driving or walking directions,
colorful 3-D moving maps and traffic-delay alerts with one-click rerouting.
The BlackJack II is expected to be available by the end of the year for US$
149.99 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate. Customers can purchase the
device in AT&T retail stores nationwide and from national retailers.
Cheers ~ Arne