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Issue #2003 - 21 (July 2003)
(Updated July 17, 2003)


Device News This Week

1. iPaq with Voice Capability - May be!
HP seemed to drop a hint that it may shortly equip iPaq with voice. If it does, it is likely to be based on using Microsoft's Smartphone software. It appears that the model will be introduced in Europe first. Therefore, it would be compatible with GSM/GPRS.

HP seems to be on the heels of Dell who announced earlier similar strategy with Axim line.

2. Dell Partners for New Wireless Solutions
In the shadow of a partnership established between Dell Computer Corp. and Good Technology Inc., Dell is to begin reselling the Good Technology G100 device along with its back-end GoodLink Server software that competes with RIM's BlackBerry device and BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). Accordingly, the solution will provide a new outlet for wireless access to corporate e-mail. Dell is also working on plans to build a device that will run on one of Microsoft's handheld operating systems, which will win turn, connect via wireless with BES or GoodLink. 

Source: Eweek via CTIA 

3. Group Sense Announces Palm OS Smartphone
Source: Brighthand News Team

Hong Kong-based Group Sense Ltd. has officially unveiled the Xplore G18, its first Palm Powered smartphone. This combines PIM functionality, multimedia capabilities, and telephony features in a compact form factor. 

The Xplore G18 runs Palm OS 4.1.2 on a 33 MHz Dragonball processor. It has 16 MB RAM. It doesn't have a memory card slot of any type, though it does include a D-pad. 

This smartphone has a color display with an on-screen Graffiti area. According to the specs, the screen is an unusual resolution: 176 by 240 pixels. 

On the back is a digital camera capable of taking color images at 320 by 240 pixels. 

What doesn't come across in the pictures is that the Zircon is quite small. It is just 3.9 by 1.9 by .8 inches and 3.7 ounces. Its screen is only 2.2 inches when measured diagonally. 

As a wireless smartphone, this device can handle both voice and data. It runs on GSM/GPRS networks. It can handle web surfing, e-mail, WAP, SMS, MMS, and more. 

It's 900 mAh Li-ion battery life gives it two hours of talk time or 100 hours of standby time. 

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

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Device market continues to be difficult.

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