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News
Issue #2003 - 26 (October 2003)
(Updated Oct. 1, 2003)

DEVICES

Device News This Week
Source: FierceWireless, MobileMag, 3G.co.uk website, CNET, Vendor Websites and others

1. Dell Introduces New Axim PDA (X3)
Dell Axim X3The Dell Axim X3, Dell's newest handheld, is a thinner, lighter companion to the popular Dell Axim X5. The X3 features optional integrated 802.11b wireless connectivity in a clean, sophisticated design.

2. Samsung Introduces New Handsets - Mobile Entertainment Terminals
See details in this week's newsflash. 

3. Nokia Announces Nokia 7600 Aimed at MMS
Nokia recently announced a radically shaped Nokia 7600 phone combining 3G capability with the latest mobile imaging features in a futuristic exterior. Taking Nokia design to a new level, the device incorporates a 65,000 color screen as the heart and soul of its front face. The Nokia 7600 enables people to capture pictures and videos, send and receive multimedia messages* and mobile email and listen to music. With this phone, people can also take advantage of the increased speed of the next generation of mobile networks by watching good quality live video content directly from their handsets. Weighing a mere 123 grams and measuring 87mm x 78 mm x 18.6 mm, the Nokia 7600 is one of the lightest and smallest GSM/WCDMA phones in the world. 

Operating in GSM900/1800 as well as WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) networks, the Nokia 7600 is expected to be available in volume in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific in fourth quarter of 2003. WCDMA is a third-generation mobile wireless technology offering much higher data speeds and better quality of service to mobile and portable wireless devices than current mobile networks. 

Enhancing the exclusive design of the Nokia 7600, a limited edition series of 1000 phones in special sales packages will be available through a selection of high-quality lifestyle shops in Europe.

The Nokia 7600 phone opens a new door to the world of multimedia communications. People can view pictures taken with its VGA camera on an illuminated display with over 65,000 colors, as well as capture video clips, with audio, of up to 2,5 minutes each. In a WCDMA network, it is possible to send and receive video clips and pictures even during a phone call. The device also allows people to enjoy high-quality audiovisual content, such as real-time music videos or television news, as they are downloaded via the mobile Internet.


4. T-Mobile First Carrier To Offer N-Gage
T-Mobile said recently that it will be the first U.S. carrier to offer Nokia's upcoming mobile game console, the N-Gage. Starting October 7 the carrier will sell the N-Gage for $299 along with a trial offer that includes free wireless game play for 30 days and $50 worth of free voice and SMS messaging. T-Mobile said its regular wireless gaming package for the device will start at $9.99 per month. The N-Gage has been the most hyped mobile device of the year, receiving regular media coverage since its debut in the spring. Nokia is aggressively promoting the N-Gage as an alternative to Nintendo's Game Boy Advanced, the dominant mobile gaming device. Some analysts, however, have been critical of the N-Gage, claiming that it is too pricey to compete with the Game Boy. Sony earlier this year also said it plans to launch a mobile version of its popular gaming platform, the Sony PlayStation, next year.

5. PalmSource shows off Palm OS 6 for Future PalmOS Devices
PalmSource yesterday showed off Palm OS 6, touting the software's improved multitasking and graphics features. PalmSource will launch OS 6 on December 29 at the PalmSource Developer Conference in Munich. The operating system will continue to be marketed alongside the current OS 5, but OS 6 will be aimed at higher-end devices. The Palm OS runs on more than 30 million handheld devices and remains the market leader for PDAs despite growing competition from Microsoft's Pocket PC platform and the Symbian OS.

Source: FierceWireless, MobileMag, 3G.co.uk, CNET, Vendor Websites and others

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Handset options continue to keep users guessing when to replace a handset - a new one every year will keep your new technology index up there in line with a select set. On the PDA side, Dell is committed to moving into handheld and personal entertainment market around the PC. Palm OS 6.0 is worth waiting for those who want to develop sophisticated Palm applications on Pal platform.

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and section 21E of Securities Exchange act of 1934 in USA. Similar provisions exist in other countries. There is no assurance that the stipulated plans of vendors will be implemented. MobileInfo does not warrant the authenticity of the information. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.  All trademarks used in this summary are the property of their respective owners.


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