Samsung Mondi MID Hits the Scene


Samsung Mondi CTIA 2009

Well, it looks like Samsung finally got around to creating the portable media player we all hoped they would have back in 2004. The new Samsung Mondi (SWD-M100), which the company is calling an MID for Mobile Internet Device, runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and is packed with all kinds of goodies sure to please. Features include: 4.3-inch touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard with optical mouse, 3 megapixel camera, WiMAX / Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, and even HDMI TV out. Samsung says the Mondi is capable of supporting services like Fring (VoIP), Gypsii, and Route 66. The Mondi comes pre-loaded with the company’s own TouchWize mobile applications, Opera 9.5 web browser, Microsoft’s PIM / Office utilities, and a multimedia player designed to also be able to playback movies and music from the Internet.

Related: Engadget – Samsung Mondi WiMAX hands-on with video

Samsung Mobile Launches First WiMAX-Enabled Mobile Internet Device

Samsung Mondi™ Provides Full Broadband Speeds, HTML Web Experience and Mobile WiMAX/WiFi Access in Compact Touch Screen Device
CTIA Wireless 2009

Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Mondi™, the most advanced mobile WiMAX enabled handheld device in the U.S. 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 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. 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. To keep connected while on-the-go, Mondi offers best-in-class location based services and instant access to social networking websites. It also supports various services including Fring™, Gypsii™, and MS Live Messenger.

The Mondi is completely customizable, thanks to a set of widgets that can be dragged and dropped anywhere on the display screen for easy viewing and use. Mondi is also an excellent device for work or for play. 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
* Bluetooth ® 2.0
* Opera 9.5 Web Browser
* HDMI TV Out
* Supports Multiple Video and Audio Player Formats

“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.”

Samsung is the global leader in delivering mobile WiMAX technologies and offers an end-to-end solution including chipsets, infrastructure, mobile devices and consumer electronics, including devices capable of accessing both mobile WiMAX and other wireless technologies. UQ Communications in Japan and Scartel LLC., in Russia are examples of other operators preparing for significant commercial deployment of national-wide service using Samsung’s mobile WiMAX total solution.

Clearwire currently provides mobile WiMAX service in Portland, Ore. and Baltimore, MD. The company expects to bring the service to more than 80 markets by 2010. Some of the major markets expected to launch Clear service this year include Atlanta, Las Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia, and Seattle.

About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2007 consolidated sales of US$105 billion. Employing approximately 150,000 people in 134 offices in 62 countries, the company consists of two main business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Clearwire
Clearwire, (NASDAQ:CLWR), offers a robust suite of advanced high-speed Internet services to consumers and businesses. The company is building the first, nationwide 4G mobile Internet wireless network, bringing together an unprecedented combination of speed and mobility. Clearwire’s open all-IP network, combined with significant spectrum holdings, provides unmatched network capacity to deliver next generation broadband access. Strategic investors include Intel Capital, Comcast, Sprint, Google, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. Clearwire currently provides mobile WiMAX-based service, to be branded Clear(TM), in two markets, and provides pre-WiMAX communications services in 50 markets across the U.S. and Europe. Headquartered in Kirkland, Wash., additional information about Clearwire is available at www.clearwire.com.




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