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Samsung releases more details of Microsoft phone

Samsung Electronics has released more details of its mobile phone based on Microsoft's Windows-Powered Smartphone 2002 platform following approval from the US Federal Communications Commission.

The SCH-I600 phone with limited PDA (personal digital assistant) features submitted to the FCC was a clamshell design dual-band CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) handset.

Features include dual LCD panels, a main one inside the telephone and a smaller panel on the outside that can be used to display information - for example, the number of the person calling - while the handset is closed.

It also had an infrared port and a Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot that also supports the SD IO standard extension peripherals, such as digital cameras or Bluetooth modules.

The handset will support both e-mail and SMS (short message service).

Smartphone 2002, previously known as Stinger, is Microsoft's operating system for handsets that are mobile phones first and PDAs second, and sits alongside its Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition software, which is designed for PDAs with secondary phone functions.

It offers users access to an inbox, calendar, contacts book, calculator, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, Windows Media and Active Sync, an application which allows the handset to be synchronised with a desktop computer.

Microsoft has previously announced Samsung as a Smartphone 2002 partner alongside Taiwan's High Tech Computer, Compal Electronics and the UK's Sendo Holdings.

A prototype of the handset now approved by the FCC was also on show at Cebit, featuring a MultiMediaCard (MMC) slot. Samsung said the display was a 176 by 220 pixel TFT (thin film transistor) screen capable of displaying 65,536 colours.

The version submitted to the FCC for testing carried the logo of Verizon Communications.

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