Samsung Gulf Electronics launches i600 mobile phone


Dubai, Samsung Gulf Electronics announced today the launch of the Samsung i600 mobile phone, the first smartphone in the region that runs on the HSDPA network.Aimed at the high growth business phone market, the Samsung i600 is expected to capture a large part of the regional market share in this category by the end of 2007.

Making its mark in the lives of business tycoons and achievers, Samsung’s i600 is the first product in Samsung’s Ultra Messaging line.It is the world’s thinnest at 11.8mm; this 3.5G smart phone with a unique QWERTY keyboard with wheel key, is perfectly designed for composing messages or e-mails.It is enabled for push-email, or the ability to access office email from a mobile device. Industry experts believe push-email will become an indispensable feature in the next few years.

It blends the feature-rich, desktop functionality of the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform with extensive multimedia capabilities such as High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) and WiFi, providing the best connectivity for Internet and e-mail. It is also the first smart phone to support web applications such as podcasting and RSS Reader.Users can further view and edit documents in all popular file formats in English and Arabic, including Microsoft™ Word, Microsoft™ Excel, Microsoft™ PowerPoint and PDF files.

“As always, Samsung seeks more than quality technology, our goal is to go beyond and satisfy both the mind and the aesthetic,” said Mr. Charles Choi, vice-president for Samsung Mobile Philippines.

Tolga Altinordu, a director at Microsoft Gulf, said research from Gartner Group forecasts that the number of push email business users will grow from 15 million business users today to 120 million in 2010. That number could even be dwarfed by the growth of push email in consumer segment, he added.

In addition, the i600 includes new elements that Samsung says will propel it to popularity.The Samsung i600 is now available in the United Arab Emirates.