Snapshot by Ricky Cadden on Friday September 19, 2008.
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Last week at CTIA in San Francisco, CA, Velocity Mobile quietly revealed a new model, the 83. Powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, the Velocity 83 is a slender smartphone with a built-in GPS receiver and a pair of microSD card slots. One card slot is available for storage, while the other one is designed to be used to store maps for your GPS navigation software.
The Velocity 83's roomy 2.8" QVGA touchscreen display is where you'll experience the Velocity-developed Odyssey user interface, designed to make things more finger-friendly. A 2 megapixel camera is located on the back of this smartphone, and WiFi is on board for high-speed data. Cellular connectivity is handled by quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) support, as well.
The Velocity 83 is currently planned to be available in November, priced around US$500. No word yet on which particular markets will see the device first, though.
|Specifications for the Velocity 83|
|Operating System||Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional|
|Size||112mm x 59.5mm x 12.1mm (4.4" x 2.3" x .5")|
|Battery Life||Estimated 8 days standby time|
|Estimated 4 hours talk time|
|Main Display||2.8" 65k color QVGA touchscreen TFT, 240x320 pixel resolution|
|Bluetooth||Yes with A2DP|
|Memory||128MB internal, dual microSD card slots|
|Availability||Planned November 2008|
|Other||Speakerphone, built-in GPS receiver, Odyssey user interface/td>|
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