Today, Samsung Korea announced the official release of its latest Windows Mobile Smartphone - the SGH-i300 which was unveiled last CeBIT already.
Unlike previous announcements, the release version will comes with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Smartphone instead of Microsoft's latest version - Windows Mobile 5.0 (even if the Samsung was showcased at Microsoft's WM5.0 launch event).
Nevertheless, the other features are pretty state of the art or even better since it will features a QVGA screen, tri-band GSM/GPRS (GSM 900, 1800 and 1900) as well as Bluetooth (but not W-LAN).
The absolute highlight for sure is the 3GB hard disk and in addition it supports microSD memory cards (unfortunately not SD or miniSD). For navigation, you can either use the d-pad the standard left/right/up/down way or you can scroll the (mechanical) wheel (like with the 1st generation iPod).
For enhanced entertainment joy, the i300 (which uses the standard Microsoft Bluetooth stack) also supports the Bluetooth stereo headset profile as well as the device features "SRS WOW XT" 3D stereo sound.
Since the SGH-i300 also received the FCC approval, there is a minimal chance to see it released in North America too (even if it misses the required GSM 850 MHz band support) but for sure it will be released in Europe and Asia (as SGH-i308 ).
Cheers ~ Arne