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December 04, 2006

Samsung’s Answer to Wireless Broadband Era

Moon Ihlwan

At the ITU Telecom World 2006 forum in Hong Kong, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics unveiled three new thin phones to brace itself up for a fast approaching era of the so-called mobile telephony 2.0, or wireless broadband access to the Internet. One of them is a 3G smartphone capable of automatically downloading subscribed podcasting over the air without using a PC. The Samsung Ultra Messaging i600 is powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and supports the ultra-fast HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) network.

The phone is 11.8 mm thick and weighs only 99 grams although it sports a full QWERTY keypad and supports RSS Feeder applications. The other thin phones are the Ultra Music with emphasis on sound quality and the Ultra Video aimed at catering to personal multimedia applications. The music phone, equipped with digital power amp, also features FM radio and a Quick PC Sync allowing users to create a music library and play lists. The video phone supports the DivX codec to allow users to view various video content, including MPEG-4, H.264, WMV and AVI files.

The video phone (picture above) has a swivel design that allows the control to work as a stand and to give a desired viewing angle. “All three products exemplify the convergence of myriad technologies in mobile phones,” says President Lee Ki Tae who head Samsung’s telecom business. “Mobile handsets will become the hub of communications and allow consumers access to services including health care, banking and accounting, Internet access, personal identification, and various entertainment activities.”

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