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PalmSource unveils Xplore M28 Smartphone

A new slider-style Palm OS powered PDA smartphone from PalmSource was unveiled today, the Xplore M28 smartphone has joined the GSPDA family of devices, it comes built with a VGA camera and digital zoom, Mp3 and MPEG4 support, 64MB RAM, 32MB SDRAM and explandable SD/MMC slot.
See press release below.



PalmSource Welcomes Third Palm Powered Smartphone from GSPDA

Xplore M28 Builds Momentum for Palm Powered Smartphones in Asia

PalmSource, Inc. provider of Palm OS, a leading operating system powering next generation mobile devices and smartphones, today welcomed the third Palm Powered smartphone from GSPDA, the Xplore M28. Alpha Tech Mobile Sdn Bhd is distributing the Palm Powered Xplore M28 smartphone in Malaysia. The Xplore M28 smartphone is now also available to wireless customers in China, Hong Kong and Macau and Thailand.

The Xplore M28 joins the existing family of GSPDA smartphones, including the G18 and G88, to provide mobile users with a full-featured smartphone that integrates traditional Palm OS PIM functionality and telephony features in a sleek and compact form factor. Based on Palm OS Garnet, the Xplore M28 boasts a built-in VGA camera with digital zoom, MP3 and MPEG4 support, 64 MB RAM / 32MB SDRAM Flash Internal Memory Card, high quality color 2.2 inch D-TFD 65K colors LCD screen, SMS / MMS / WAP / e-mail / Java support and up to 1GB of memory capacity with Secure Digital (SD) /Multimedia Card (MMC). In addition, the Xplore M28 features a sliding numeric keypad and one-handed navigation five-way jog dial to fit the natural habits of mobile phone users.

“Combining our strength in building innovative smartphones with the flexibility of Palm OS has enabled us to provide our customers with easy-to-use wireless products that deliver a superior telephony and multimedia user experience,” said Thomas Tam, Managing Director, GSL Group Sense (International) Ltd. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with PalmSource to expand the reach of our smartphones into new markets worldwide.”

“We believe the new Xplore M28 smartphone will build momentum for Palm Powered smartphones and create new business opportunities for Palm OS software developers in the Asian wireless market,” said David Nagel, president and chief executive officer of PalmSource. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with GSPDA to bring more innovative Palm Powered smartphones to market that meet the needs of wireless users.”

Palm Powered smartphones are sold by over 30 of the world’s top wireless carriers worldwide, making Palm OS a leading platform for the development and deployment of wireless devices. The Palm OS® platform is designed with an open, modular architecture that gives licensees and software developers the flexibility to create differentiated products and solutions for various markets. With over 25,000 Palm OS software titles available today, the Palm OS platform offers one of the largest third-party software catalogs to enable users to customize their Palm Powered smart mobile devices to fit particular needs. Choosing Palm OS opens up new business channels for hardware manufacturers and software developers and provides the opportunity to broaden their reach into the smartphone and wireless device markets.

Pricing and Availability

The Xplore M28 smartphone is now available in Malaysia and is being distributed by Alpha Tech Mobile Sdn Bhd. The Xplore M28 smartphone is now available in China, Hong Kong and Macau and Thailand. The retail price is RM 2,288. For more information, please visit www.alphatech.com.my.

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