Socket Communications, Inc. today unveiled its new handheld mobile computer
specifically designed to make essential business mobile productivity solutions
possible and affordable. The company's extensive line of mobile data collection
and networking connectivity peripherals combined with the new handheld make
Socket a one-stop supplier of mobile computing hardware systems.
The new Socket SoMo 650 is built to address the market that exists between
consumer-oriented PDAs and heavy duty industrial devices. The sleek, durable
device uses a touch screen and is based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 for
Pocket PC operating system to ensure the highest level of mobile application
compatibility and gives workers a familiar computing environment.
The SoMo 650
handheld computer's flexible design enables ease of customization and
integration with Socket and third party peripherals and information systems Ã¢â‚¬â€œ
extending the lifecycle of the product and reducing total cost of ownership. The
company will launch a new extended, multi-year service warranty on the device as
well as on many of its higher-end peripheral products.
The SoMo 650 features a durable form factor designed specifically to
withstand multiple drops from one meter onto vinyl-covered concrete and includes
business class 802.11b/g Wi-Fi technology to provide fastest roaming for
superior in-building/campus environments and VoIP applications. In addition, the
SoMo 650 features Bluetooth 2.0 with enhanced data rate; one of the most
complete libraries of Bluetooth profiles for maximum support of third party
Reinforced CompactFlash and SDIO slots enables expandability and provide better
protection for peripheral devices. 128 MB SDRAM and 256 MB Flash memory enables
users to work with multiple applications and the Marvell processor operating at
624 MHz ensures better application responsiveness. The high-capacity,
rechargeable lithium-ion battery powers the most demanding applications; an
optional extended life battery is also available. GSM or UMTS is left and not
supported by the SoMo 650.
"Mobile computing systems available today do not meet the mobility needs
of small- to medium-sized companies or many business units within larger
enterprises," said Kevin Mills, president and chief executive officer of
Socket Mobile. "Currently companies need to choose between devices that are
often too costly and over featured or inexpensive and under featured, which
results in mobility solutions being overly difficult to justify and deploy.
The SoMo 650 is designed to change all of that, since it's designed and
developed for the currently underserved business mobility market."
Socket Mobile plans to leverage more than 100 value added reseller partners
to target current and prospective customers seeking cost effective mobile
computing solutions to deliver applications for inventory control, sales force
automation, patient tracking, asset management and merchandising. The company's
primary focus will be on the healthcare, automotive, life sciences and retail
markets in which workers have a need for efficient data collection, real-time
information management and applications in the field.
"The business mobility market represents approximately 10.9 million
organizations and 69 million mobile workers. However, with penetration of
mobility solutions at only 25 percent, most organizations still rely on
manual, paper-based systems that contribute to greater error frequency and
highly inefficient processes," said David Krebs, director of the Mobile &
Wireless Practice, Venture Development Corporation.
"With the Windows Mobile operating system, Socket Mobile is helping its
customers attain an easily deployable, manageable solution that increases
mobile productivity," said Chris Hill, group product manager at Microsoft
Corp. "Windows Mobile brings a familiar experience to the small screen,
helping mobile professionals stay connected to important data wherever they
The SoMo 650 is the first in a family of handheld computing products Socket
will rollout in 2007 and is available through Socket distribution channels,
resellers and vertical industry partners in the U.S. as well as selected
countries in Asia Pacific and Europe with an MSRP of US$ 648. Socket is on track
to ship the SoMo 650 during the second quarter, starting with limited production
in April and mass production in May. The handheld computer will be available in
various packaged configurations that may include a wall charger, docking cradle
and carrying case.
Cheers ~ Arne