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Old 10-22-2008, 09:23 PM
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Default Samsung Releases the Epix

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/SamsungEPIX/index.jsp' target='_blank'>http://www.wireless.att.com/busines...gEPIX/index.jsp</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"The Epix is Samsung's first AT&amp;T Windows Mobile&reg; 6.1 Professional device featuring touch screen capability-built for enterprise and small business customers. The Epix is a powerful smartphone that offers features like a high-speed processor, large application memory capacity, and aGPS to run corporate email, location-based services, and vertical application solutions. The Epix has the manageability and security capabilities that enterprise IT managers seek, including Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager deployment-a security and manageability server that enables enterprise IT administrators to better manage mobile devices. The Epix is a world-capable, 3G smartphone featuring tri-band HSDPA (850/1900/2100) and quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900). Its touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, dedicated function keys, and optical center navigation button with mouse pointer enable easy one-hand operation for even the most complex multitasking needs."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com//spt/auto/1224706090.usr1.png" /></p><p>When I was browsing the <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/devices/default.mspx" target="_blank">Windows Mobile device picker</a> I saw the <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/devices/details.mspx?id=0393aa0e-df0e-4e8a-a03c-8a0dda2b33b8&amp;backUrl=http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/devices/smartphones.mspx" target="_blank">Samsung Epix come up</a>. I haven't seen any news about this posted on Samsung's Web site yet, but it's <a href="http://www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/SamsungEPIX/index.jsp" target="_blank">live on AT&amp;T's site</a>. What makes this device interesting is the form-factor. It's a Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 device, so it has a touch-screen, but it also has a front-facing QWERTY keyboard. I thought it was a Windows Mobile standard device, a la Blackjack, at first. It boasts a 624 mhz ARM920T PXA311 processor, 256 MB ROM, and 150 MB of RAM. It has a 2.4" <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">QVGA</span> 320 x 320 screen, GPS, and a microSD slot that supports up to 32 GB. The d-pad in the middle is actually an optical mouse pad - something I'm highly dubious about until I actually try it and see how it works. It weighs in at 4.4 ounces and is 4.56 x 2.41 x 0.51 inches in size. The battery is a respectable 1800 mAh. Samsung has historically had atrocious battery life on their Pocket PCs, but I've been quite impressed with the battery life on my Samsung Blackjack II - so here's hoping this device has solid battery life.</p><p>Want to buy one? I managed to track down the <a href="http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phone-details/?device=Samsung+Epix(TM)&amp;q_sku=sku3030219" target="_blank">purchase page on AT&amp;T</a>, and it looks like full retail is $449 USD, $299 on a two-year contract, and $199 after a promotion - presumably available for the two-year contract. So what do you think - is this your next device? If not, what's it missing?</p>
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