At the end of March, Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced one of its secrets, the Mondi, the most advanced mobile WiMAX enabled handheld device in the U.S., in a press conference at Steve Wynn’s Encore hotel.
The touch screen Mondi, which takes its name from the Latin word for “world”, is designed for use with the Clear mobile WiMAX service from Clearwire. “The Samsung Mondi is an important step toward our goal of bringing 4G network speeds and connectivity to people across the U.S.,” said Bill Ogle, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Mobile. “The Mondi is a great match for people who want immediate access to the Web without having to sacrifice download speed and portability.”
“The mobile broadband experience that the Mondi offers to Clear customers places the power of the open Internet in the palm of the hand,” said Atish Gude, Chief Marketing Officer for Clearwire. “As our network grows across the US, we will continue to work with innovative device manufacturers to expand the mobile WiMAX device ecosystem and leverage the value that a 4G wireless Internet connection delivers.”
The Mondi carries many of the powerful features and uses of a laptop computer or netbook, but its compact slider form factor easily fits into the hand or pocket. GPS Navigation provided by Route 66 adds to the Mondi’s versatility. Available in a solid black finish, this device extends horizontally to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard and optical mouse. The Mondi is packed with multimedia features that offer instant access to E-mail, Internet, video content and business applications.
Mondi packs a full -featured web browser, powered by Opera 9.5, which takes full advantage of the device’s 4.3-inch touch screen. There’s also 4-gigs of storage, a 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and HDMI out. Also expect support for various A/V codecs and several instant messenger clients. It also supports various services including Fring, Gypsii, and MS Live Messenger. WiFi connectivity offers the business user fast and simple connections to Outlook Email / Calendars, Microsoft Office and many other vertical business applications outside the Clear service area. For the multimedia user, this device offers the ability to download and watch movies, listen to music or play games.
The Samsung Mondi includes the following features:
Windows Mobile 6.1
Microsoft Outlook and Windows Mobile Office
WiMAX Mobile Internet Access
WiFi Access (BTv2.1+EDR)
GPS: Route 66 Navigation with Preloaded Maps
4GB of Internal Memory
Direct Push/Mobile Email (POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
Supports Instant Messaging and MMS
3.0 Megapixel Camera and Camcorder
Opera 9.5 Web Browser
HDMI TV Out
Supports Multiple Video and Audio Player Formats
Source: crunchgear.com; engadget.com;