Samsung Electronics showed off a three-way gadget that's a phone, PC, and music player tailored for an emerging wireless broadband technology, an Associated Press report said.
The Associated Press report said the Mobile Intelligent Terminal was unveiled at a Samsung-sponsored industry conference on Mobile WiMAX, which is just coming into use and promises fast broadband connections over long distances.
The device weighs about a pound and contains a fold-out keyboard, 5-inch screen and 30 gigabyte hard drive. It runs the full version of Microsoft's Windows XP operating system and also supports the CDMA mobile phone communications standard, which is used in South Korea and other countries including the United States.
Kim Hun-bae, Samsung VP for mobile research and development, told reporters that the gadget is the world's first WiMAX device that also works as a mobile phone. It also can access the Internet, make video phone calls and display television as well as other video, the report said.
The firm plans to launch the device in South Korea during the first half of 2007. Samsung didn't mention any plans for marketing the device in the U.S. and other markets, the report said.