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
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
Cheers ~ Arne