"Mobile Linux" - Penguin-Powered Smartphones Arrive in China
New embedded Linux smartphone may brings great rewards to Samsung
By: Linux News Desk
Dec. 17, 2003 12:00 AM
Hot on the heels of the $600 E2800 Linux-powered smartphone which has been sold in China since August by Shanghai-based E28 Limited, comes an embedded Linux smartphone from Korean telco giant Samsung, the SCH-i519.
Just as the E2800 was aimed at the business end of the market, with PDA functions, touch-screen, handwriting recognition, and built-in camera, so the Linux-powered SCH-i519 features voice control, a powerful 400MHz XScale PXA255 processor, and software from Mizi Research.
Considering that E28 - which describes itself as a "total wireless solutions provider for the mobile communications market" - has already been saying that it is in talks with both European and US partners, it can be assumed that Samsung too has very likely set its sights on exporting its Linux smartphone to Europe, the US, and perhaps even Japan where DoCoMo has already adopted Linux for its 3G handsets.
It looks like incoming CEO Ed Zander at Motorola may face some serious competition to Motorola's own LinuxOS offering, the A760.
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