AP reports a new gadget by Samsung SPH-P9000-MIT. So what is this gadget do? Well it is a three-way gadget that's a phone, personal computer and music player tailored for an emerging wireless broadband technology, wimax. MIT in this cas stands for Mobile Intelligent Terminal
The Mobile Intelligent Terminal was unveiled at a Samsung-sponsored industry conference on Mobile WiMax, which is just coming into use and promises fast broadband connections over long distances.
The device weighs about a pound and contains a fold-out keyboard, 5-inch screen and 30 gigabyte hard drive. It runs the full version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP operating system and also supports the CDMA mobile phone communications standard, which is used in South Korea and other countries including the United States.
The SPH-P9000 is not the smallest mobile device you will find, but it exchanges it’s portly exterier for some increased usability. The device folds out from it’s 143 x 92 x 29.7 mm dimension to have a full qwerty keyboard and viewable upright 5″ WVGA screen for some un-cramped typing and viewing of documents and movies on the Windows XP based OS.
The device has an MP3 player and 1.3 megapixel camera along with a 30 GB hard drive and altogether weighs 560 grams. The Samsung SPH-P9000 is expected to be launched in Korea by the end of the second quarter, 2007, Suwon.
The Suwon, South Korea-based company said it plans to launch the device in South Korea during the first half of 2007. Samsung didn't mention any plans for marketing the device in the U.S. and other markets. It also didn't provide a price.
WiMax has been strongly backed by Samsung, which is cooperating with U.S. companies Intel Corp., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Motorola Inc. to commercialize it in the United States. South Korea is the first country to commercialize WiMax, which promises fast wireless broadband connections and mobile roaming. Limited trials of Mobile WiMax are under way in South Korea, with plans to cover the capital, Seoul, by early next year. Sprint Nextel has said it aims to launch WiMax networks in some U.S. markets by late 2007, working with Samsung, Motorola and Intel.
Banking on Samsung's confidence on WiMax technology that it will soon become a global standard, a top executive said Tuesday, "We have established a standard in (South) Korea, but it won't take long to spread throughout the world," Lee Ki-tae, president of Samsung's telecommunication network business, told reporters.