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Living up to the 'Ultimate' smartphone's name

i-Mate prepares to release their line, but when?

The 9502 has the most features in the series but is also the largest Crave Asia

i-Mate is not the most famous of brands when we talk about handhelds, but the Dubai-based company created quite a buzz a few months back when it introduced the Ultimate series of PDA-phones. A name like that needs to be backed up, which i-Mate did with some impressive specs for its announced 8150 and 6150 devices.

Fast-forward to today, however, and we have yet to see those smartphones on the market. And we all know that a few months in this industry is a lifetime--specs and features can get old fast. But i-Mate has introduced two more in the series with feature lists that still manage to wow, the 9502 and 8502 smartphones with QWERTY keyboards, that are now destined for distribution.

The form factor of these two devices may not be for everyone, but power users must certainly give it a second look. Besides more common features like HSDPA, Wi-Fi and GPS, these two also come with HSUPA for fast uploads over the cellular network. Like the 8150 before them, they also come with a video-out connector for doing presentations too.

Given the company's track record, let's just hope we don't have to wait too long for these devices to be released. Read more about them in our full feature here.

(Source: Crave Asia)