Samsung Showcase 2004
Just revealed via FCC documents earlier this week, the i640 / i645 smartphone is the follow-up the SCH-i600. It's a Windows Mobile Smartphone with several key upgrades.
As revealed earlier, the i640 / i645 runs Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphone 2nd Edition. This is the most recent version of the platform at the moment - one version newer than the Windows Mobile 2003 that ships in new i600s. The i640 / i645 also features dual color displays.
What wasn't known until now is that the i640 / i645 will include EV-DO high-speed data. This may actually be the first non-PDA smartphone to include this key technology.
Verizon has already launched EV-DO in 14 cities, and Sprint plans to start it EV-DO rollout by the end of this year. Both carriers plan to expand EV-DO coverage nationally during 2005.
EV-DO will allow the i640 to download files and email attachments very quickly. And thanks to the standard Windows Media Player that comes with all Windows Mobile devices, the phone will also be able to access high-quality live streaming video and audio from a variety of sources. High-quality music downloads will also be possible.
The i645 variant (shown in the photos above) adds a megapixel camera with LED flash. The i640 version is camera-less, which should appeal to business users who have to deal with no-camera policies in the office. The two versions are otherwise the same.
Other specs of the i640 / i645 include 32 MB of RAM, an SDIO card slot, speaker-independent voice dialing, and speakerphone. A Samsung rep confirmed that the i640 / i645 does not have Bluetooth, although it does have infrared.
A snap-on keyboard accessory is also planned for the i640 / i645, shown below:
Although Samsung wouldn't comment on what carriers will offer the i640 / i645, the FCC documents for it include multiple references to Verizon.
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A Samsung spokesperson today confirmed that the company no longer plans to release the i645 CDMA smartphone. The i645 was to be the first Windows Mobile Smartphone with EV-DO high-speed data, and was slated to be offered by Verizon Wireless.
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