i-mate announced two more Ultimate models, the Ultimate 8502 and the Ultimate 9502. Both run Windows Mobile 6 Professional (PPC phone edition), have quadband GSM / triband (compatible with the US) 3.5G HSDPA and QWERTY keyboards. The 8502 has a front-facing keyboard in a candy bar design, and the Ultimate 9205 has a side-sliding keyboard and a VGA display. Telstra in Australia will be the first carrier to offer these two PDA phones.
Here's a quote from their press release: "The Ultimate 9502 and 8502 are the latest devices from the Ultimate range, a collection of four devices in various forms to suit individual preferences, from classic PDA to a notebook replacement and were designed to provide the latest and best in phone and PDA technology. With a wide variety of features ranging from to HSDPA and HUSDPA connectivity to the 262k colour TFT screen, every component of the device is specified at a very high level.
The Ultimate 9502 represents the flagship of the Ultimate range and delivers an all in one Windows Mobile device. Powered by 3.5G (HSDPA & HUSDPA), and WiFI and Bluetooth connectivity, the Ultimate 9502's VGA display is perfect for multimedia viewing, or checking through maps using the its integrated GPS functionality for navigation. There are dedicated shortcut keys all around the 9502, allowing easy and fast access to often used applications.. The 9502 includes integrated support for Direct Video Out capabilities, providing you with the option to connect it to monitors or projectors and watch videos off it or even use Windows Mobile on a larger screen. This feature was especially included in a business sense so users can perform video conferencing or project slideshows and presentations from the phone itself, making it a viable alternative to a notebook.
The Ultimate 8502 delivers a customised out of the box experience in a slim line QWERTY keyboard form factor. With a 2.6 inch touchscreen with 65k colour TFT backlight, it is fully loaded with Microsoft Office Mobile giving users access to popular applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint on the go. This device also comes with built-in GPS navigation functionality offering users satellite navigation. The 8502 can play video clips directly and a variety of music file formats on the inbuilt Windows Media Player 10 Mobile media player.
"2008 sees i-mate(tm) continue to deliver on its iconic devices and sophisticated services," said Jim Morrison, CEO, i-mate(tm). "The Ultimate range has already won plaudits on its design and strong specifications. The Ultimate 9502 and 8502 will continue to build on i-mate's, the best of breed combination of innovation, design and technology. Each of our devices is designed with different users in mind giving our customers real choice."
As part of i-mate(tm)'s service proposition, Mobile World Congress will also mark the launch of i-mate's(tm) I-Q Services, a portfolio of services that ensure the best wireless experience out of the box. With I-Q, i-mate can immediately customise user devices, fully support devices on a 24/7 basis and fully protect and if necessary, remotely wipe devices that are lost of stolen. little as 48 hours. Mobile Operators can use i-Q to improve their services to the enterprise segment and to accelerate their time-to-market with new mobile devices to address the rapidly expanding mobile workforce. IDC estimates that the worldwide mobile worker population will grow to 878.2 million in 2009 to account for 21.3 percent of the global work force*."
Specs for the Ultimate 8502:
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Professional UMTS HSDPA/HSUPA: 850/1900/2100 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR 400MHz Qualcomm MSM 7200 CPU 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM MicroSDTM card slot 2.0 Megapixel camera with fixed focus and LED flash 2.6? QVGA Touch-Screen Integrated GPS (Qualcomm integrated) Direct Video output for projectors & displays
Specs for the Ultimate 9502:
Microsoft? Windows Mobile 6 Professional UMTS HSDPA/HSUPA: 850/1900/2100 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR 400MHz Qualcomm MSM 7200 CPU 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM MicroSD card slot 3.0 Megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash VGA camera for Video Calls 2.8? VGA Touch-Screen Integrated GPS (Qualcomm integrated) Direct Video output for projectors & displays