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Issue #2003 - 17 (May 2003)
(Updated May 24, 2003)


Device News This Week

1. Symbol launches VoWLAN Pocket PC
Symbol Technologies this week announced a new ruggedized Pocket PC that sports support for voice-over-WLAN as well as a built-in bar code scanner. The device, called the Symbol PDT 8146 Imaging Computer, is designed for mobile workers in industries such as transportation and logistics, public safety, and retail. It is, according to the company, the first handheld to merge WiFi voice over IP (VOIP) with imaging and data capture capabilities, enabling workers to speak to each other over 802.11b networks. VoWLAN is quickly becoming the hot IT item for the mobile worker segment.

2. Nokia Announces Pricing for N-Gage Game Deck - Word on the street has it that the N-Gage, will be available on or around October 7, 2003 through popular retail outlets. The rumoured price tag is $29 and the games will sell in the $30-$40 price range at the retail level.

3. New NTT DoCoMo Wireless Handset With 630,000 pixel shots
Designed especially for users who enjoy i-shot™ picture messaging, the D505i comes with a high-resolution Super CCD camera that has an effective resolution of 630,000 pixels and built-in flash. 

4. J-PHONE announced that the J-SH53 by Sharp, which comes with a built-in CCD mobile camera is capable of photographing 1 million effective pixels. For more http://www.3g.co.uk/PR/May2003/5405.htm

5. Canadian company Tackles Handheld Screen Size Problem - Pliable display technology have useful applications in the handheld market where we have limited screen real estate. For more go to http://www.idelix.com

6. Nokia Designs Intuitive Pen-based Nokia 6108 Optimized for Messaging - a compact, stylish and feature-rich phone for Chinese language users in Asia Pacific markets

Nokia introduced recently a mobile phone with an innovative and intuitive pen input capability optimised for messaging and designed for Chinese language users in Asia Pacific markets. Developed at Nokia's Product Creation Centre in Beijing, the stylishly compact and feature-rich Nokia 6108 has tri-band (GSM 900/1800/1900) functionality, a high resolution colour display, MMS* (Multimedia Messaging Service), Java(TM), a built-in email client, an XHTML browser, a "Chinese-English-Chinese" dictionary and enhanced features for Chinese language users in the region. The Nokia 6108 will be commercially available in Asia Pacific markets during the third quarter of 2003. http://press.nokia.com/PR/200305/904643_5.html

7. Intel Lands 35% of the Handheld Device Processor Market 

Source - Several, including CTIA, TechWeb, 802.11 planet and Fierce 80211

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Symbol's VoWLAN Pocket PC handheld is an innovative device to watch because it will set a trend for voice over Wi-Fi networks. Game enthusiasts should wait for N-Gage from Nokia. 

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