LAS VEGAS — High on my list is an ultra-mobile PC out of left field: A dual-mode, dual-band WiMax portable information terminal running Windows XP from Samsung, which calls the device the “Mobile WiMax Deluxe MITs.”
It’s a white box about the size of an old Walkman cassette player. But you open it up and it has a color screen, fold-out keyboard and built-in 1.3 megapixel camera for making video calls over the Internet. It also comes with a companion WiMax flip phone in case you just want to talk.
MITs is a term Samsung has used to describe “mobile information terminals,” which include both phone and data capabilities.
The new device connects to the Internet via WiMax, and it can “seamlessly” switch to CDMA cell networks when it gets out of WiMax range, according to Jim Parker, a senior wireless systems manager at Samsung Telecommunications America in Richardson, Texas.
Parker said the device will start selling around March for $2,000. Samsung is working with Sprint on a mobile WiMax service to be tested by the end of this year and be available in 2008.
Also on display were several Samsung WiMax phones and a nifty multi-mode WiMax router that also uses Wi-Fi to distribute signals around the house. All in a box about half the size of a DSL modem, or perhaps half the size of a Clearwire box.
Other Samsung goodies ranged from wafer thin media players to a 102-in.’ plasma TV. Its gee-whiz product was a double-sided LCD display that uses the same light source to display different images on each side of the 2.22-inch screen.
Also impressive was a demonstration of bleeding edge HSPA cell network technology that can upload music and photos from a cell phone at 2 megabits per second and download at 3 Mbps. That’s nine times faster than 3G networks.