Samsung unveils PDA Cellphone

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. last week unveiled the latest in a line of mobile phones that incorporate additional functions. This time, the South Korean company has built a PDA (personal digital assistant) into a cellular handset.

The telephone, which also is the smallest and thinnest handset yet developed by the company, features a touch-panel LCD (liquid crystal display) through which the telephone and PDA are operated. The screen is capable of showing four levels of grey and has a resolution of 120-by-240 pixels for displaying both text and images, Samsung said in a statement.

The PDA includes basic functions such as scheduling, telephone directory and notepad in addition to e-mail. The PDA can also be synchronized with Microsoft Corp.’s Outlook e-mail software for PCs by using utilities bundled with the telephone.

The telephone is based on Qualcomm Inc.’s MSM3000 CDMA (code division multiple access) chip set and an ARM7 microprocessor. Other features include 8M bytes of flash memory and 8M bytes of DRAM (dynamic random access memory). Measuring 110-by-49-by-23 millimetres, it weighs in at 132 grams.

Samsung said a standard battery offers 75 hours to 85 hours of standby use and 130 minutes of continuous talk time. An extended battery increases these to 140 hours to 155 hours and 240 minutes, respectively.

The Seoul-based company has a growing line of cellular telephones that include additional functions. Previous models include built in MP3 players, televisions and digital still cameras as well as one version that integrates a cellular phone into a wristwatch.

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