Along with the Samsung Instinct S30, Samsung announced the upcoming availability of its WiMax-enabled Samsung Mondi at CTIA 2009. The device is expected to ship in Q2 through Best Buy, Samsung, and Clearwire, but pricing was not revealed at this time.
The Mondi, which means "world" in Latin, is designed to work with the Clearwire mobile WiMax service from Clearwire. Currently, Clearwire's mobile WiMax service is available in Portland, Oregon and Baltimore, Maryland. The company expects to bring the service to more than 80 markets by 2010, including Atlanta, Las Vegas, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Seattle.
The Samsung Mondi combines the features of a laptop and Netbook into a compact design. In addition to WiMax, the device offers 4GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS with with Route 66 navigation software. The Mondi runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and ships with the Opera Web browser, but there's no 3G voice.
Large touch screen
The face of the device is dominated by a 4.3-inch touch screen. The Mondi also has an HDMI TV out port.
You can push the Samsung Mondi's screen up to get to its full QWERTY keyboard. The handheld supports Outlook e-mail with direct push and POP3, IMAP, SMTP accounts.
A little hefty
While the Samsung Mondi could fit into a pocket, it'd have to be a big one, like a jacket pocket.
A side of Mondi
A side view of the Mondi in its open state.
The Samsung Mondi features a 3-megapixel camera/camcorder. It also has the capability to download and play movies.
A back view of the Samsung Mondi.