Tatung M1 is a budget Smartphone for Cingular?


Most of the phones, operating on Windows Mobile are produced by HTC, and then are re-branded as various other brands like i-Mate, Qtek, T-Mobile and Cingular. An example of that is the HTC Wizard, which is offered like T-Mobile MDA and Cingular 8125, in the US. But there are more and more manufacturers of Smartphones to come. The XDA Atom was produced by Quanta; FCC showed an Inventec Mercury PocketPC Phone with QWERTY keyboard, which was also a quad-band GSM.
Now FCC approves another Taiwanese brand - Tatung. Tatung M1 is a quad-band GSM phone with GPRS and Bluetooth support. It misses both EDGE and Wi-Fi, and has low-res 176x220 pixels display. The screenshots in the manual of the device show the Cingular name as a network operator, so we guess that the US biggest carrier will offer the M1, taking the Windows Mobile to the masses. Tatung M1 main specifications are:

  • Quad-band GSM phone with GPRS support
  • Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphones OS; Java MIDP2.0
  • TI OMAP 730, 208MHz Processor; 128MB NAND Flash, 64MB SDRAM
  • 176x220, 65k color 2.2” TFT display
  • 1.3-megapixel CMOS camera with flash; QVGA video capture
  • Bluetooth v1.1, class 2; USB v1.1
  • miniSD expandable memory
  • 1100 mAh battery providing up to 200 hours of standby and 4 hours of talk time
  • Support of Windows Mobile applications like Internet Explorer and Media Player

As it is only FCC documents, we can't find information for the release date or suggested price for the device, but it should be much cheaper than the Cingular 2125 (HTC Faraday), which is currently offered for $199.99 after rebates.


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