Gizmondo Gets Email Upgrade

Gizmondo Gets Email Upgrade

Gizmondo confirmed that a downloadable software upgrade will be offered, enabling the new handheld multi-entertainment device to send and receive emails wirelessly via GRPS.

In addition to text and picture messaging (SMS and MMS) functionality, users will be able to configure their POP3/IMAP accounts on the Gizmondo giving them email access on the move anywhere in the world covered by tri-band GPRS. This facility to send and receive emails, forward, and even attach files, will broaden the device's appeal as a lifestyle component further still.

Other practical applications announced today include an alarm clock, currency converter, and a calculator. These join a feature list of console quality gaming, music and movie players, GPS with optional Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and a digital camera.

The Gizmondo device and its games are currently launching in the UK during the fourth quarter 2004, and in Continental Europe and North American markets during the first quarter 2005.

The Gizmondo is powered by a Microsoft Windows platform, boasts a 2.8-inch TFT colour screen with a Samsung ARM9 400Mhz processor and incorporates the GoForce 3D 4500 Nvidia graphics accelerator. It provides cutting-edge gaming, multimedia messaging, an MP3 music player, Mpeg4 movie playing capability, a digital camera and a GPRS network link to allow wide-area network gaming. Additionally, it contains a GPS chip for location based services, is equipped with Bluetooth for use in multi-player gaming and accepts MMC card accessories.