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November 13, 2006

Cingular, Samsung launch Blackjack "smart device" with Windows Mobile

Posted by David Hunter at 4:13 PM ET.

If your phone has everything but the kitchen sink, I guess you call it a smart device:

Cingular Wireless, Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) and Microsoft Corp. today unveiled the BlackJack™*, a robust, slim smart device packed with the power and functionality desired by business customers and consumers alike. With the BlackJack™ customers can get rich entertainment features, powerful business applications, and the familiar look and feel of Windows Mobile® 5.0, turbo-charged by Cingular’s 3G-enabled BroadbandConnect service on the sleekest design on the market.

The stylish and compact BlackJack™ will be available exclusively from Cingular in the U.S. in mid-November for as low as $199.99 (with a two-year activation and unlimited data plan). This ultra-thin 3G device features a full, integrated QWERTY keyboard with a large, high-resolution QVGA color screen.

There’s a full list of all the features by following the link, but I liked Ed Hardy’s summary at Brighthand better:

Cingular offers other WM Smartphones, but this is the first that can access its HSDPA network.

The carrier is emphasizing this device’s multimedia capabilities. Users will have access to Cingular Music, a music subscription service, and Cingular Video its on-demand streaming video service. Video can be played on this model’s QVGA screen

But the BlackJack will be about more than just entertainment. It’s built-in QWERTY keyboard will allow users to more easily type emails, and this smartphone will include Microsoft’s push email system.

In addition to its 3G capabilities, the BlackJack will be a GSM phone with support for the 2.5G standard EDGE. It will also include Bluetooth 2.0, which will allow it to use stereo headsets .

This model is an updated version of the Samsung i320, which debuted in Europe over the summer. The major change is the inclusion of HSDPA support.

He also mentions a $100 mail-in rebate.

Update: Related – Symbian forecasts the death of the PC:

The PC will be on its last legs within five years, if executives from the mobile platform company Symbian are to be believed.

Giving the keynote speech at the Symbian Smartphone Show in London, chief executive Nigel Clifford told delegates that the era of the smartphone was dawning, representing a shift “as profound as the Internet and PC were in the 1990s”.

“Desktops PCs are effectively a flatlining commodity,” Clifford said on Tuesday, while conceding that laptops were eliciting “perhaps a bit more” excitement.

Since I’m a “heavy metal” guy who doesn’t like to type with his thumbs, I hope this means big bargains in store.

Filed under Cingular, Coopetition, Microsoft, Samsung, Windows Mobile

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