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.

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Martyn Williams

IDG News Service

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