There are not too many new Windows Mobile Smartphones in the (public) pipeline we know about (beside the expected Orange C550) but one of the most promising and innovative one is the Samsung SGH-i300 which was first time publicly shown on CeBIT two month ago.
Last week I got the chance to hold it in my hands again (switched off so I can not tell you more about software details) but actually I had the chance to make some more detailed photos. Since it was a prototype only I'm not sure about the color, etc. but it gave me a good impression about its weight and size.
If you haven't heard about the Samsung SGH-i300 yet, it's the first Windows Mobile Smartphone to sport a built-in hard drive (3 GB). It runs on Windows Mobile and includes a 1.3 megapixel digital camera (with flash), Bluetooth, an rocking scroll wheel navigation, a 262,000 color, 240x320 LCD screen and is expected to support MP3, WMA, AAC (haven't heard anything about iPod/iTunes compatibility yet in terms of DRM support) and AAC+ audio files. In addition to the HDD it will also support an extra storage card which is - unfortunately - TransFlash (now known as microSD).
The hard drive is expected to work plug-and-play which means you can connect the phone up to your PC over USB (and Bluetooth) and just drag and drop your files since it should be recognized as a removable storage disk. There's no need to use ActiveSync to get your files copied. Last but not least, it's expected to be a tri-band GSM/GPRS (900/1800/1900MHz) phone "only" which will limit the use in North America where GSM 850 is used in addition to GSM 1900.
Even if it comes without inbuilt Wi-Fi (like the Nokia N91) it can and will compete with the N91 - I'm sure. Unfortunately I haven't heard anything newer about a planned release date, expected retail price of which (if any) carrier will pick it up but I truly hope it will make it to the market, not like the last Samsung Smartphone, the SGH-i250 (seen on CeBIT 2004) we never saw.
So what do you think - is this something for you as well?
Cheers ~ Arne