On the first day of the show, Samsung and AT&T officially introduced the successor to the BlackJack. Meet the Samsung BlackJack II.
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A majority of the changes are on the hardware side. The Samsung BlackJack II now has a slightly larger 2.4-inch QVGA display (previously 2.25 inches), the scroll wheel on the right side has also been removed in favor of a front jog wheel, and the bottom row of the QWERTY keyboard now includes more shortcut buttons to the smartphone's various apps.
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Though the companies did not give a specific release date other than "later this year," we do know that the BlackJack II will be available in two colors--burgundy and black--and will sell for $149.99 with a two-year contract and after rebates. The Windows Mobile 6 smartphone also has an upgraded 2-megapixel camera, built-in GPS, Bluetooth, and HSDPA, but no Wi-Fi.
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The BlackJack II is slightly (and we mean slight; this is still very much a sleek phone) thicker than the original model, but for good reason. The extra room was needed to store a higher-capacity 1,700mAh lithium ion battery. We know battery life was an issue with the original BlackJack, so we really hope the issue has been resolved in this iteration.
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We've seen and drooled over the Samsung Ultra Smart F700 at previous shows, but this is the first time we've actually seen a working model. Still no word yet on whether this cool smartphone will make its way to the States, though.
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Some have compared the F700 with the Apple iPhone because of its touch screen. However, the F700's display features a technology that causes the phone to vibrate slightly to let you know it registered the command. The screen also slides up to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard for easier text entry.
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I-mate introduced its Ultimate line of four handhelds at the fall CTIA 2007 show. Here is the Ultimate 6150, which sports a traditional PDA-like design with a 2.8-inch, 65,000-color touch screen, integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and a 2-megapixel camera. The quad-band GSM smartphone also has an XGA-out port so you can connect it to your monitor, TV, or projector.
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The phone-centric 8150 has more of a traditional candy-bar-style design with an external dialpad and a 2.6-inch touch screen. It also features integrated Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera, and an XGA output. All models in the Ultimate series runs Windows Mobile 6.
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With a full QWERTY keyboard, the I-mate Ultimate 8502 has messaging on the brain. Aside from the other wireless options, this model will also have built-in GPS, a 2.6-inch touch screen, and 256MB ROM/128MB RAM.
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Last but not least, the 9502 has a slider design that opens up to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. Kind of reminds you of the T-Mobile Sidekick, no? As the flagship model, it also boasts a 2.8-inch, 262,000-color touch screen, a 3-megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
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