During the CeBIT 2006, Tatung, another Taiwanese manufacture of Windows Mobile devices, unveiled its Tatung M1A, the follower of the Tatung M1 Windows Mobile Smartphone I've posted about during last month's 3GSM Congress in Barcelona.
However, unlike it was announced in Barcelona, the Tatung M1 will not be released anymore, due to the customer feedback Tatung got. Please keep in mind, Tatung is a pure ODM for Windows Mobile Smartphones, therefore we will never see devices, sold under the brand name Tatung but only under operators or resellers brand names.
Nevertheless, the M1A, the follower of the M1, got some important feature-updates which makes the device even better, and IMHO the M1 was a nice device already.
First of all, Tatung redesigned the keyboard since the M1 keyboard was hard to use, therefore it was simplified. Another upgrade the M1A got is the QVGA color screen instead of the initial 176x220 pixel screen plus 64 MB additional RAM which gives it 128 MB RAM now. Also the camera was updated from 1.3 megapixel to 2.1 megapixel, most likely released with a photo light. Like the forerunner, the M1A is also a quadband GSM and GPRS device:
The estimated retail price is 249 Euro since Tatung's target is to be cheaper
than HTC to enter a high volume Smartphone market. The interesting fact is, that
it seems, that Tatung already got the first retailer to sell the device later
this year in Germany (see
smartphone-web.com for more info). Also, while I was at the Tatung stand
I've seen some operators there, looks like Tatung generated some real interest.
The planned world wide availability (through operators and resellers) was
announced for Q3 2006.
Cheers ~ Arne