i-mate Launches in SEA - Windows Mobile Mania


i-mate Mobiles

i-mate: Ultimate Series

Of the six new devices in their arsenal, the i-mate Ultimate series is catered to professional and business users, with full productivity suites and formidable business functions such as support for XGA video output to projectors and displays, a point well illustrated by i-mate with a live demonstration of a video conference call utilizing its video output on an external TV screen. i-mate also envisions their Ultimate mobiles to be able to replace regular notebooks for the road warrior. As Windows Mobile devices, you can hook your i-mate up to a monitor and keyboard to start working.

 A video out port is available on all four Ultimate series, giving users an external source to display their latest Powerpoint presentations for business purposes, while personal purposes would include sharing video clips with your friends and family on a large screen.

There are four phones in the Ultimate category, all designed for different tastes and functionality, incorporating all types of input technologies from touch screen, to keypad and QWERTY keyboards. As mentioned, i-mate only deals in Windows Mobile devices, so you can expect all the phones to operate somewhat similarly to each other irregardless of their design. All these phones are 3.5G devices with the Ultimate 8502 and 9502 both supporting HSUPA specifications in addition to HSDPA.

 The i-mate 9502 comes with a 3 megapixel camera, and is equipped with WLAN, HSDPA and HSUPA (which provides upload speeds up to 5.76Mbps, running on Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional.

 The i-mate 8502 is similar to the i-mate 9502, with connectivity specifications that include WLAN, HSDPA and HSUPA. GPS is available on both the i-mate 9502 and 8502, with 256MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM for application support.

 Numeric keypad is present on the i-mate 8150, while supporting touch screen interface too with Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional. Camera-wise, you'll find a 2.0 megapixel auto-focus with flash and 4x digital zoom.

 Integrating a FM radio tuner on both the i-mate 8150 and 6150, the similarity between these two models end at the screen size, with the 6150 given a 2.8" VGA touch screen due to the absence of either a numeric or QWERTY input.

i-mate: JAMA Series

The JAMA series of phones on the other hand are more mainstream oriented. These phones only feature Tri-band GSM network support, but retains most of the Windows Mobile 6 experience.

 The only smartphone lineup from i-mate is the Jama 201, supported by Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard edition. The i-mate Jama series is designated as more of an entry level smartphone for consumers who are looking at a switch to a Windows Mobile device.

 The Jama 101, though small, is powered by a Samsung 300Mhz processor, thus we saw a smooth application handling speed. Its Ultimate series siblings are powered by a stronger processor of at least 400Mhz, giving food for though on its multiple application processing speed.

In conclusion, it seems i-mate's entry into the Asia Pacific region, with Singapore as one of its main regional points, will have a strong impact in the mobile device market. While we see the year coming to an end, it is only the beginning for i-mate and Windows Mobile device enthusiasts.