British handset maker Sendo International will start shipping a cell phone that incorporates Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 software come September. The Sendo Z100 Smartphone will initially be available to subscribers of mobile operator CSL in Hong Kong. First announced last year, the highly anticipated device is a tri-band phone with GPRS (General Packet Radio Services) capabilities and an interface based on the Windows platform. The handset offers various features such as e-mail and Web browsing using a pocket version of Internet Explorer. It has a 176-by-220-pixel thin-film transistor screen that's capable of displaying 65,536 colors. PDA-like features found on the device, powered by an ARM9 core-based processor from Texas Instruments, include audio and video playback using Windows Media Player, file viewers for Microsoft office files, and a cradle to sync with your PC.
Ernest Khoo reported from Singapore.
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