Rumor: Samsung SPH I330 Coming this Summer
A source has come forward with information on Samsung's replacement for the I300 smartphone. According to this source, the SPH I330 will "probably" run the 66 MHz DragonBall Super VZ. It will have a 16-bit color screen, as opposed to the 256-color one the I300 has. It will run Palm OS 3.5.2, not anything more recent, and will be available in early summer. The price isn't known yet.
Samsung was demonstrating a prototype of this smartphone at the recent GSM World Congress 2002 where PDAFrance snapped some pictures. According to it, the I330 will run Palm OS 4.1 and have 8 MB of RAM. It will use the CDMA wireless standard. Being a smartphone, it will, of course, have both voice and data access. It will be able to to do both regular Web browsing and use Palm's Web Clipping technology.
As can be seen from the pictures, the I330 has a virtual Graffiti area. The I300 also has a virtual Graffiti area but this isn't the same technology that the HandEra 330 uses. At this time, the only application available that takes real advantage of the larger possible screen on the I300 is the built-in phone dialing app.
The I330 does not have a Memory Stick slot. There was some speculation that the replacement for the I300 would have one after Samsung licenced Sony's Memory Stick technology last summer. The company has released several products recently with Memory Stick slots.
Thanks to PDAFrance for permission to use the pics and to Anne H. for the translation. -Ed
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