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Sendo unveils smartphone

UK mobile phone developer Sendo has become the latest company to announce a one-piece smartphone designed to meet all of a roaming user's needs in a single device.

The Sendo X, which is due to ship during the first quarter of 2004, is based on the Symbian Series 60 operating system already used in phones from Nokia, Siemens and others, but with extensions. These include support for up to six e-mail accounts and e-mail synchronisation.

It will also do SyncML over the air, once network operators deploy SyncML servers. SyncML is a standard protocol for synchronising corporate data such as contacts, diary items, memos and e-mail onto PCs, handhelds or phones over any network link.

The phone has software to play MP3s, a video graphics array camera, a graphics co-processor that enables it to record and display video at 15fps and specially designed high-volume acoustic chambers to go with its MP3 and 64-voice polyphonic sound capabilities.

The Sendo X comes with synchronisation software for a range of PC applications, including Microsoft Outlook, IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus Organizer. It also has viewer software enabling it to display many different file formats.

Options for the smartphone include a folding keyboard. The device features Bluetooth and a slot for Multimedia Memory Cards or SD memory cards, which can be used to expand its existing complement of 64MB flash memory and 16MB of working Ram.

Sendo's head of product strategy and marketing Ron Schaeffer claimed Symbian was easier to work with than Microsoft's Smartphone operating system which Sendo had previously licensed because it includes as standard features that the Microsoft software had lacked, such as support for multimedia messaging service and Java.

Chief executive officer Hugh Brogan added that Sendo's lawsuit against Microsoft, which alleges that Microsoft leaked Sendo's technical developments to another Smartphone hardware manufacturer, High Tech Computer, is still going on. He refused to rule out the possibility of litigation against HTC, which makes the Orange SPV phone.

Bryan Betts writes for Techworld.com


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