Cingular 8525: Next Week



Cingular has announced their 8525 Smartphone with WiFi and HSDPA. It will set you back $399 (with two year contract) when it launches November 16th.

It features Windows Mobile 5, a 400 MHz processor, 2MP camera, 64MB SDRAM, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 2.8-inch QVGA screen, miniSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0. It’s predecessor, the 8125, has only 802.11b and Bluetooth 1.2. In addition, the Cingular 8525 will debut with the company’s first generally available, location-based solution — the TeleNav GPS Navigator for turn-by-turn voice and on-screen directions.

The big deal is HSDPA of course. That should give you data transfer speeds between 400 and 700 kilobits per second. You can probably hook it up to your laptop — but you’ll have to pay for it. And the five hour talk time is nothing to write home about.

Cingular’s earlier EDGE-based phone, the 8125 Pocket PC, slumps along with a TI OMAP 200MHz Processor. But you can pick one up on Amazon for as low as $99.

Like Motorola and Nokia, THC – short for High Tech Computer – designs, builds and sells wireless devices to carriers around the world. But the carrier’s brand, such as Cingular, Verizon or T-Mobile, are generally on its devices rather than its own. They also designed Cingular’s STRTRK (pronounced “Star Trek”) for its sleek flip-phone design, and T-Mobile’s Dash.

You might add YouTube video upload software or ShoZu Flickr software for uploading (and downloading) anywhere. That could make a good Moblog companion to the rumored Nikon D40, a $499 (body-only) D-SLR with 6 megapixels (specs). Make your own news.

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