LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Samsung, the world's third largest
manufacturer of wireless handsets, today officially announced the development
of the i700, a Pocket PC and wireless phone combination device with an array
of features that will give consumers the freedom to wirelessly communicate and
stay connected to people, information and rich applications and services.
Featuring Microsoft's Windows Powered Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition software,
the i700 is the ideal device for users who need to keep in touch via wireless
calls and email, but who also need to access and share data and documents that
are on their desktop PCs. Samsung will feature the i700 in its demonstrations
at the Consumer Electronics Show (booth #35121) held in Las Vegas this week.
"Samsung is pleased to unveil its i700 because this device combines the
advanced capabilities of Samsung's wireless phones with the familiarity of
Microsoft Office products to bring consumers a mobile communication tool that
not only can keep business moving and enhance productivity, but can keep up
with any busy lifestyle," said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president of
Samsung's wireless terminals division. "This is the first of several products
Samsung will announce in collaboration with Microsoft, and we plan to continue
to work together to push the envelope and develop high-performance products
that exceed the expectations of our consumers."
General consumers will enjoy the i700's large color TFT screen to view VGA
quality images taken with the i700's built-in digital camera. The
functionality is endless for both business and personal applications with the
i700's ability to capture an image, attach voice memos or text messages, and
send images via email or infrared capabilities. The product's impressive
screen also is perfect for viewing the photo album and documents, browsing the
Internet, checking email or playing video files with the Windows Media Player.
Business users can take advantage of the advanced features of a Samsung
wireless phone, while also having access to popular and familiar mobile
versions of Microsoft's Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, Pocket Word
and Pocket Excel. The i700's speakerphone capability will allow users to
conduct hands-free conference calls while simultaneously accessing files and
information from the Pocket PC applications.
"We are very excited about the innovative work Samsung has demonstrated on
the i700 Pocket PC," said Juha Christensen, corporate vice president for the
Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft Corp. "Samsung is succeeding in
delivering a mobile device for both work and play adding an integrated camera
and multimedia messaging capabilities to our very rich Pocket PC offering. We
look forward to the new features the i700 will offer customers as a result of
the combination of powerful and flexible Windows software on sleek Samsung
The commitment to develop convergence products for both Microsoft Windows
Powered Smartphone and Pocket PC platforms is part of Samsung's overall Mobile
Intelligent Terminals(TM) (MIT) corporate strategy to provide a portfolio of
products that appeal to diverse customer requirements and platform
preferences. Samsung will work in tandem with its strategic wireless carrier
partners to develop differentiated MIT(TM) products and services targeted to
consumer and enterprise customers.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor,
telecommunication, and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics
employs approximately 64,000 people in 89 offices in 47 countries. The
company is the world's largest producer of memory chips, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile
phones, monitors and VCRs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business
units: Digital Media Network, Device Solution Network, Telecommunication
Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses.
Samsung Telecommunications America, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung
Electronics Company, Ltd., researches, markets and develops wireless handsets
and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more
information, see STA's website at www.samsungusa.com/wireless .
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