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PHOTOS: New photos of Chi Mei's Smartphone for Motorola available
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 31.07.03 - 11:47:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 8782x
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PPCW.Net has received a couple of new photos of the next coming clam-shell Microsoft Smartphone developed by Chi Mei Communication Systems Taiwan which is rumored to become the first Windows Powered Smartphone from Motorola.

So far no more details about Bluetooth support, etc is given but according to other sources I've contacted, Bluetooth isn't included. :-(
As included accessories an Earphone with remote controller, a switching charger and a USB data cable is planed; no words about a cradle.

External Display, Navigation and Slots and Plugs

Still no information about estimated release date or planned price. Also Motorola hasn't official announced these phone so far.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Nick on 31.07.03 - 12:35:39

Looks sweet if only it came with a camera.

Without it's useless!

Posted by Sebset on 31.07.03 - 13:47:55


- Why no camera???

- No bluetooth support because the phone still running under SP2002?

Posted by Arne Hess on 31.07.03 - 15:16:15

@Sebset: The only reason I can see for leaving Bluetooth and the camera is a different target market then the SVP and even more the Mio 8380.

So I expect that this phone costs around the same like the SPV, not more!

The OS (2002 can't be the reason to leave Bluetooth. Smartphone 2002 is more or less based on the same code like Pocket PC 2002 (at least the core) and my iPAQ H5400 includes Bluetooth as well as W-LAN and even SDIO. So everything is possible software wise, even on today's available Smartphone 2002 platform!

Posted by rayloh on 31.07.03 - 18:08:27

most odm dun include bluetooth in sp2002 because they would have to develop their own software stack while microsoft include the stack in sp2003 and it's also supported. so no odm wish to spent time, money and effort in the development only to have it wasted with sp2003

Posted by sebset on 01.08.03 - 13:10:07 says that this Smartphone is planned for AT&T in USA. They say also that it is targeted for corporate market (this explain the lack of camera?) and uses an ARM processor.

Posted by Arne Hess on 01.08.03 - 14:31:33

@sebset: Thanks for the update :!: Yes, this might be a good reason why they left the cam (corporates as target market). Most companies see a cam as gimmick they don't want to pay for.

ARM as CPU isn't that bad, I mean I'm still satisfied with my ARM based Pocket PCs like the xda; it always depends on what you expect from your device and what you will use it for. For the mass market user, I'm sure ARM is still a good CPU and there is no reason to use more expensive XScales.

Posted by sebset on 01.08.03 - 16:13:07

And did you know... smile The size of this smartphone is about 89x47x26 mm! Very small in comparizon with other Mitac or Asus clamshells.

Posted by The PocketTV Team on 03.08.03 - 04:45:08

Arnes Hess wrote:

> Yes, this might be a good reason why they left the cam (corporates as target market). Most companies see a cam as gimmick they don't want to pay for.

But one of the most business-oriented Pocket PC, the Hitachi G1000 Phone Edition, does have a camera! - but no D-pad/joystick (so you cannot play games).

Posted by Arne Hess on 03.08.03 - 11:44:07

@The PocketTV Team: Maybe the target segment is more the field force?

If you have a look to the colun here (http://.../) you might find answers why cams aren't that good for business phones. :-(

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