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For starters, Samsung's Palm OS smartphone, Time's Tablet PC

PDA

Samsung has unveiled its Palm OS 5-based smartphone, the SGH-i500, the GSM/GPRS version of the already-announced SPH-i500.

The SGH-i500 runs Palm OS 5.2, the next major release of the operating system and the first version to drop the original Graffiti text-entry system. Instead it uses Graffiti 2, based on Jot licensed from CIC.

The smartphone is based on a 300MHz Intel PXA262 processor, and included 32MB of RAM. Extra memory can be added using the SD/IO slot. The display is a 16-bit colour 324x352 screen, though only 320x320 pixels are used by the Palm OS. The built-in speaker supports polyphonic ringtones.

The Smartphone has dimensions of 88 x 54 x 26 mm and weighs 150g.

The SGH-i500 is a tri-band handset. The rechargeable battery promises 200 minutes of talk time and 100 hours stand-by time.

Samsung has yet to announce pricing, or which carriers will offer the device.

Mobile

UK PC maker Time has launched a Tablet PC based on Transmeta's Crusoe TM5800 processor.

The £899 handheld device, aimed at the education market, contains a 933MHz TM5800, backed by 256MB of DDR SDRAM and a 20GB hard drive. The screen is a 10.4in 1024x768 LCD with just 8MB of video RAM for 16-bit colour.

Mobile connectivity is provided by a built in 802.11b adaptor, with 10/100Mbps Ethernet and a built-in 56Kbps modem for wired connections.

The Time Tablet PC is available in the UK from today. ®