Cingular Wireless has expanded its Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 portfolio with the introduction of the EDGE- enabled Cingular 8100 series Pocket PCs with integrated Wi-Fi.
The Cingular 8100 series Pocket PCs are converged communication devices that provide end-users with dual high-speed wireless data capabilities. The device feature a full QWERTY "slider" keyboard, the latest Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth support, quad-band international coverage, and EDGE.
Built by Taiwan-based HTC, the Cingular 8100 series Pocket PCs come in two versions, the camera-less Cingular 8100 and the Cingular 8125 with integrated 1.3MP digital and video camera.
With the Cingular 8100 series Pocket PCs, mobile professionals can easily integrate with leading corporate and personal email applications integrated on the phone such as Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile and Microsoft Exchange Server, GoodLink from Good Technology, Cingular Xpress Mail and MSN Hotmail. In addition to e-mail, the Cingular 8100 series features popular wireless messaging applications including MSN Messenger and Cingular's multimedia messaging service (MMS). Helping users manage presentations, emails and spreadsheets on the go, the product is outfitted with Microsoft Office programs for Windows Mobile including Outlook Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile and Word Mobile.
The Cingular 8100 series also will appeal to customers in the healthcare, field service and manufacturing sectors, particularly because of the devices' Wi-Fi capabilities that allow access to on-campus, 802.11-based wireless local area networks.
The company says the Cingular 8100 series will be upgradeable to support the Microsoft Messaging and Security Feature Pack featuring direct push e-mail technology, which is expected to be launched by Cingular in the first half of 2006. Cingular 8100 series users will also benefit from Windows Mobile's persistent memory storage as it retains information even when the device's battery is depleted.
The Cingular 8100 series also provides a rich multimedia experience to enjoy music and video featuring an integrated multimedia suite with Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, stereo headset jack, and 1.3 megapixel camera. The devices support multiple audio formats including MP3, AMR, AAC, WAV and WMA, as well as MPEG-4 video streaming. A mini-SD expansion card slot allows the user to add memory for storing music, games, photos and video.
The Cingular 8100 series Pocket PCs are GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900), providing GSM roaming capabilities in than 170 countries for voice and 95 countries for data.
The Cingular 8100 series Pocket PCs feature a sliding, QWERTY keyboard, compact design (4.32 inches (L) x 2.32 inches (W) x ~1 inch (T)); 5.25 ounces with the battery pack.
The Cingular 8100 series is powered by a TI OMAP 850 processor, with 64MB SDRAM/128MB Flash ROM. The devices feature a 2.8-inch QVGA 64k color TFT touch screen supporting both portrait and landscape mode. It also features Infrared and Mini-USB connectivity, and a Mini-SD slot for additional storage. A 1250mAH Lithium- ion battery provides up to five hours talk and up to seven days standby time.
The Cingular 8100 series Pocket PC with integrated Wi-Fi are available through Cingular's B2B sales organization and on-line, and by the end of February 2006 in Cingular retail stores.