If you’re a frustrated Windows Mobile Pocket PC user who’s been longing for an even more convenient and pocketable device, look no further. And no, I’m not talking about another teensy-weensy bit of Nano-inspired pop-culture technology, that’s only portable and convenient in the sense that it lets you carry around a generally smaller device. I’m talking about a single gadget that would eliminate your need for another that’s just like it. If you’re familiar with dual-SIM cellphones, then you’ll feel right at home reading this post.
Chinese company HKC communications has just rolled out the world’s first dual-SIM, dual-network pocket PC, which in the end turned out to be so darn good, they had to create two. Welcome the HKC W1000 and G1000, set to take the Windows Mobile pocket PC world by storm.
The HKC W1000 was designed to take advantage of dual-SIM and dual-network technology, able to work under the heavy load of two SIM cards inserted in it and gathers signal from both networks at the same time. It has a stock market hotkey, enabling users to check on stock market info and make inquiries on the fly, with other features that are fully customizable.
As a pocket PC, the HKC W1000 should be able to prove quite useful. Packing a 200MHz Qualcomm CPU, 256MB ROM + 64MB RAM, support for Micro SD cards, USB connectivity, and the usual built-in office applications (Word, Excel and Powerpoint). It’s going to run on Windows Mobile 6 for Pocket PC, has a believable 120 hour standby time, a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen and, regular PIM functions.
HKC was also kind enough to include leisurely features like a 2-megapixel camera, MP3 player, and Bluetooth A2DP for wireless headphones. It might not have a built-in flash, but the Apple iPhone doesn’t neither. A 3.5mm headphone jack? It has a data line earphone port, Jack.
And as earlier mentioned, since the world’s first dual-SIM PPC turned out to be so good that they had to make two, there is also another version, called the HKC G1000.
The HKC G1000 is presumably the English version, and the spec sheet lists much of the same features as the W1000. 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth A2DP, built-in office and PIM functions, no Wi-Fi or GPS, etc.
It still works the same kind of dual-SIM, dual-network magic as the first one, though. And you can see it in action with the video below. Here, the HKC G1000 is shown on video, demonstrating how it can have two SIM cards active at the same time during standby. You even have the option of turning off any of the two SIM cards with a stroke of the stylus. It’s not exactly genius, but I think it’s way more convenient than what’s currently available in the market.
According to the video and HKC’s official web site, these two devices are already available right now. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find the link to their online store, and when I try to browse the “Where To Buy” page on their web site, I am welcomed by an essentially blank page. I hope you get inspired enough to try and find it on your own though. Meanwhile, I’ll be on a search of my own, and will update as soon as the info becomes available.
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