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i-mate Launches in the Americas
Posted: 24-Oct-2007 [Source: i-mate]

[i-mate announces the launch of it Ultimate range of wireless Windows Mobile devices in the Americas.]

San Francisco -- i-mate, a global manufacturer of high performance Windows Mobile devices and related peripherals, today announced the launch of its Ultimate range of wireless devices in the Americas -- the Ultimate 6150, 8150, 8502, and 9502. The Ultimate range offers high-end device specifications -- including video out that can drive video onto a plasma screen and the fastest radio connection of any Windows Mobile device -- in a variety of form factors making them the mobile devices of choice for businesses and consumers seeking both functionality and style. The Ultimate range is powered by the Windows Mobile 6 operating system.

"This is the official launch of our Ultimate range in the Americas and a huge milestone for i-mate that further solidifies our leadership position in the global smartphone market," stated Jim Morrison, i-mate's CEO and founder. "The Ultimate range of devices combines unbeatable performance with sleek design that will appeal to both business users and gadget-lovers who want to choose a device based on their business and personal requirements-we offer unlocked freedom and flexibility so they are not restricted to operator available options. In addition, our devices ship with our i-Q Services platform, which delivers individual device customization, personal device management with enhanced security, and provides an out of the box experience that is unmatched in the industry. The Ultimate range will also be upgradeable to support Microsoft's System Center Mobile Device Manager, announced today, enabling our business customers to better secure and manage their Windows Mobile devices."

The Ultimate 6150 is a modern PDA form factor with a 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen, while the Ultimate 8150 features both a VGA touchscreen and dial keypad with T9 for simple and convenient text entry. The Ultimate 8502 has a 2.6-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY keypad, and the Ultimate 9502 offers a 2.8-inch sliding VGA touchscreen with a full QWERTY keypad.

"Companies are looking to get more from their mobile devices than ever before," said Peter Knook, Senior Vice President of the Mobile Communications Business, Microsoft Corporation. "Windows Mobile and i-mate are working together to deliver versatile, enterprise-ready devices-like their Ultimate range-that can be easily managed by IT departments of all sizes, as well as secure enough to handle critical business information."

The Ultimate device range features Windows Mobile 6, 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM, Quad-Band GSM(TM)/EDGE, Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, 2.0 and 3.0 megapixel fixed focus cameras, GPS, WiFi 802.11b/g/e/i, Bluetooth v2.0 EDR connectivity, VGA LCD touchscreen, and a microSD(TM) card slot.

In addition, the Ultimate range provides the following features that differentiate the devices in the global smartphone market:

+ XGA Direct Video Out: One of the advanced and exclusive features of the Ultimate devices is XGA direct video out, which connects with projectors and LCD monitors to offer 1024x768 display resolution. This allows users to present Microsoft Office applications and videos directly from their Ultimate device onto a secondary display -- without any need for a laptop!

+ GPS Built In: The Ultimate 8502 and 9502 feature integrated GPS, and with Windows Live Search, customers can find everything from phone numbers to a hotel with turn-by-turn directions and GPS location. Unlimited possibilities for location-based applications and services.

+ Custom i-Q: For the same price as other smartphones, i-mate provides extensive value-add for IT administrators, SIs, VARs, and consumers. i-mate's Custom i-Q software makes it easy to configure Ultimate devices using a straightforward Web interface, which simplifies device provisioning-configure global policies, push down software applications to devices in the field, and much more.

+ Superior Out-of-the-Box Experience: i-mate's Custom i-Q software takes the struggle out of getting customers up and running quickly on new devices, providing an out of the box experience that is unmatched in the industry. Power on your Ultimate, type in your customization credentials, and i-mate downloads the information over-the-air (OTA) and you're all set.

+ Secure i-Q: i-mate's device management software puts control back into the enterprise administrator's hands, offering the ability to "wipe" devices in the field in realtime, enhancing security and safeguarding data. i-mate's device security is unrivaled in the global wireless industry.

+ Support i-Q: i-mate's premium, worldwide 24/7 support with live chat and local service centers worldwide.

+ Flexibility and Freedom: i-mate devices can be sold "unlocked," allowing users to pick the carrier of their choice.

+ Variety of Form Factors: the Ultimate range is available in a variety of form factors, from traditional candy-bar designs with the 6150 and 8150, to open QWERTY keyboards on the 8502 and the sliding 9502.

"We're bullish on the growth of the global smartphone market and believe i-mate's offering of high-functionality devices combined with customized software services differentiates the company in the increasingly crowded smartphone market," noted John Jackson, Vice President of Enabling Technologies Research for Yankee Group.

Interested parties can check out the new i-mate Ultimate devices at CTIA IT & Entertainment 2007 in the Enterprise Mobility Pavilion in Booth #133.


The Ultimate 6150 and 8150 will be available directly from i-mate, through national distributors and resellers nationwide in early November for an unsubsidized retail price of approximately $695 and $725 respectively. The Ultimate 8502 and 9502 will be coming to market later in the fourth quarter of 2007, and will also be available directly from i-mate and through national distributors and resellers nationwide.

Ultimate 6150 and 8150 Technical Specifications:

-- Microsoft Windows Mobile 6

-- Intel PXA 270 520 MHz Processor

-- nVIDIA Graphic Accelerator, nVIDIA G5500 -- Quad-Band GSM/EDGE, Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA

-- WiFi 802.11b/g/e/i

-- 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM

-- microSD(TM) card slot

-- VGA LCD touchscreen

-- Bluetooth v2.0 EDR -- Mini USB

-- Direct Video Out XGA

-- 2.0 megapixel camera

-- FM Stereo Radio

-- Supports Microsoft Direct Push Technology

Ultimate 8502 and 9502 Technical Specifications:

-- Microsoft Windows Mobile 6

-- 400 MGz Qualcomm MSM 7200 -- nVIDIA Graphic Accelerator, nVIDIA G5500

-- Integrated GPS


-- WiFi 802.11b/g/e/i

-- 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM

-- microSD card slot

-- VGA LCD touchscreen

-- Bluetooth v2.0 EDR

-- Mini USB

-- Direct Video Out XGA

-- 2.0/3.0 megapixel camera

-- VGA camera for video calls

-- FM Stereo Radio

-- Supports Microsoft Direct Push Technology


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