Sagem launches all-in-one wireless device

Sagem unveiled a wireless device that combines the features of a personal digital assistant (PDA) with a WAP-enabled GSM cellular phone at Communicasia 2001 on Wednesday.

The Sagem WA 3050 is a Microsoft Pocket-PC based PDA (personal digital assistant) that also offers the functionality of a dual-band GSM cellular phone with WAP (wireless application protocol) capabilities. Thus in addition to the organization features of a usual PDA, with a WAP and data-enabled cellular phone line, the user can not only make phone calls but can also surf Internet web sites and WAP sites on it.

Featuring a 240 by 320 pixel gray scale display capable of 16 shades of gray and a 206 MHz StrongArm processor, the WA 3050 is also capable of playing media clips including MP3 files. The 16M bytes onboard memory can also be supplemented by Compact flash memory cards attached via a separate Compact flash adapter. This adapter also allows a whole range of Compact flash devices, such as modems and network cards, to be accessed by the device.

The WA 3050 is expected to be available in the region by August 2001, and is currently only available via Sagem's online store. Similar PDA cum phone devices from Siemens and Mitsubishi are also expected to hit the market in the near future.

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