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Samsung shows off triple-function WiMAX device

The device is tailored to dial into the emerging technology of wireless broadband.

The SPH-P9000 Deluxe Mobile Intelligent Terminal (MIT) promises fast broadband connections over long distances. It weighs about a pound and contains a fold-out keyboard, 5" screen and 30 Gb hard drive.

It runs the full version of the Microsoft Windows XP operating system and also supports the CDMA standard used in South Korea and other countries including the USA.

Kim Hun-bae, Samsung Vice-President for Mobile R&D, told reporters that the SPH-P9000 is the world's first WiMAX device that also works as a mobile phone. It also accesses the Internet, makes video phone calls and displays television as well as other video functions.

Samsung plans to launch the MIT in South Korea during the first half of 2007. Samsung has not mentioned any plans for marketing the device in the USA or any other market, nor has it provided any pricing information. The company has been a strong backer of wireless broadband in its WiMAX identity.

South Korea is the first country to commercialise WiMAX, while limited trials of Mobile WiMAX are underway in the country, with plans to cover Seoul by early next year.

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