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OFFICIAL: Samsung and AT&T introduces the BlackJack II Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 23.10.07 - 19:49:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 22072x
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During Microsoft's presentation of its new "System Center Mobile Device Manager", Microsoft, AT&T and Samsung also unveiled the Blackjack II (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. carrier."

"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 Network (VPN).

"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

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