Samsung shows off WiMax PDA, PC

Samsung has unveiled four new Wimax terminals for use in South Korea including an ultra portable PC and a PDA.

Samsung Electronics has unveiled four new data networking terminals for use on the commercial WiMax network operating in Seoul.

While the devices are specific to the South Korean market, they provide a glimpse of the kind of things consumers overseas might be able to get their hands on in the near future as WiMax is launched in other countries.

At the top-end is the SPH-P9200, a 5-inch ultra portable computer that runs Windows XP and includes a fold-out keyboard. It combines WiMax, Wi-Fi and HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) wireless networking and has 30G bytes of embedded storage. It will cost around US$1,500.

The SPH-M8200 is a PDA (personal digital assistant) that supports both WiMax and EVDO (Evolution Data only) wireless networking. The Windows Mobile 5 device has a 2.8-inch touchscreen display and also includes mobile digital TV and a camera. It will cost US$750.

Then there are two USB (Universal Serial Bus) WiMax data adapters for laptop computers: the SWT-H200K and the SPH-H1300. Both run under Windows XP and Vista and the latter model also includes HSDPA support. They will cost US$90 and US$180, respectively.

The Seoul WiMax network currently covers most of the city including several underground railway lines. This makes it possible to surf the Internet at speeds of several hundred kilobits per second from a moving vehicle or train. The underground coverage extends to stations and subway tunnels.

It was launched in 2006 but hasn't caught the attention of consumers. To-date there are only about 70,000 subscribers to the service -- something that operator KT blames on a lack of attractive terminals.

South Korean cellular operators use both the CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) and WCDMA (Wideband CDMA) standards thus the use of the CDMA EVDO or WCDMA HSDPA technologies.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?