Sunday, September 25, 2005
Posted by Darius Wey in "NEWS" @ 08:30 AM
There's quite a bit of i-mate news today, so read on for the lowdown.
Well, where do I start? Let's begin with some new i-mate hardware. No press releases have surfaced as of yet, but the i-mate K-JAM (a.k.a. HTC Wizard) has appeared in the Products menu of the "Club i-mate" website.
The 108mm x 58mm x 23.7mm i-mate K-JAM is powered by a TI OMAP 850 200MHz processor and includes 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, integrated 802.11b/g/e/i Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 1.1 (Class 2), IR, a miniSD slot, a 2.8" QVGA (240 x 320) 64K-colour screen, a 1.3MP camera (possibly 2.0MP?), a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and Windows Mobile 5.0.
Wi-Fi compliance has yet to be determined, and it's still unknown whether the K-JAM will feature a 1.3MP or 2.0MP camera. Whatever the case, the K-JAM looks to deliver the goods.
• More information on the i-mate K-JAM can be found here.
i-mate SP5 and SP5m
Some other hardware news - the i-mate SP5 and SP5m Smartphones have also appeared on the site. Again, no press releases, but they are accessible from the Products menu of the "Club i-mate" website. The details of these two Windows Mobile 5.0-based Smartphones should be appearing on our sister site, Smartphone Thoughts, so I'll leave it to them to bring you the news.
• More information on the i-mate SP5 can be found here, and the i-mate SP5m, here.
i-mate Trades on London Markets
Now for a bit of financial news: "i-mate plc ("i-mate"), the specialists in Microsoft Windows Mobile devices, is pleased to announce the submission of an application for admission to trading on the AIM market of London Stock Exchange plc ("IPO") and the placing of new and existing ordinary shares with institutional investors in connection with the IPO (the "Placing")."
Based on a placing price of 210p, total i-mate stock will be worth £249m. According to the press release, i-mate will use the proceeds to support the growth of the company and to drive further product development. CEO and founder of i-mate, Jim Morrison, still retains 80.1% of the company.
• More information on the float can be found here.
Finally, the last bit of news involves an upcoming software product known as 1-View.
"i-mate USA, a specialist in Windows Mobile-based devices and supportive applications, today announced the launch of 1-View, an innovative software that allows users to instantly access their music, photos, videos, documents and other files wherever they are, on whatever PC or i-mate device they are using. 1-View is available for all i-mate devices running Windows Mobile 2003 SE Pocket PC and Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC, and can operate over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, EVDO, 3G and Edge wireless networks."
1-View is scheduled to be announced on September 27, though it's already being heavily promoted on the "Club i-mate" website. Using a wireless connection, 1-View allows you to use your i-mate Pocket PC to securely download and upload your music, photos, videos, documents, and other files to and from your home or work computer. 1-View is available now for $89.99.
• More information on i-mate 1-View can be found here. A full feature demo can be accessed here (Flash is required). We'll keep you updated with further details on September 27.