Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. launched a wireless handheld device in South Korea Monday that combines a phone, a TV, a camera, and a camcorder in what is the beginning of a line of feature-packed gadgets that the company plans to roll out this year.
The recently developed MITs M400 works as a mobile phone, TV, PC, digital camera, camcorder, navigator, MP3 player, and 2-way radio. This handheld terminal is a classic example of digital convergence. The operating system is the Hangul (Korean script) version of Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition. This version, co-developed by SAMSUNG Electronics and Microsoft, supports a powerful, easy-to-use Korean script interface for multimedia applications.
The MITs M400 operating system includes Microsoft Word, Excel and scheduler. Users can prepare documents anytime and anyplace and freely exchange data with the conventional Microsoft Office software for PCs. Direct MSN access is also available. Other programs can be installed for Yonhap News access, online securities trading, insurance policy design or corporate Internet functions, giving the user a complete mobile office environment.
The MITs M400 features a built-in 300,000-pixel digital camera/camcorder that swivels 270 degrees for easy still shots or video clips, which can be stored and played back. The product currently comes with a maximum built-in memory capacity of 128MB memory and a slot that can expand onboard memory to 512MB.
The built-in TV tuner allows users to view regular TV channels (KBS, MBC, SBS and EBS in Korea) free of charge. TV images can be recorded as well.
The 3.5” high-quality TFT-LCD can be freely adjusted for either portrait or landscape viewing. The Windows Media Player plays back video files and MP3 files just as on a PC, providing a full range of entertainment options.
Wireless infrared (IrDA) links are possible for exchanging data with other terminals. A Push to Talk button can be used to turn the device into a 2-way radio, a particularly handy feature at large events.
An optional navigation system can be installed for drivers, providing voice recognition, voice services and 3D images.
SAMSUNG is cultivating the MITs as a strategic next-generation product. Thus, the company continues to develop new models that come with various operating systems (Microsoft, Palm, Symbian, Linux) to satisfy diverse markets and user needs.
- Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition, Hangul Version, an operating system co-developed by SAMSUNG and Microsoft.
- Complete compatibility offered with Microsoft Office, providing the full range of “pocket office” functions such as MSN access, Word, Excel and scheduler.
- Mobile office and multimedia entertainment environments are rolled into one.
- Product comes with 3.5” display and 128MB standard memory expandable to 512MB.