By October 25, 2007

AT&T Reveal the BlackJack II

AT&T and Samsung Telecommunications America today announced the availability later this year of the BlackJack II, a sleek, smart and simple device powered by AT&T’s 3G-enabled BroadbandConnect network that has the familiar look and feel of your desktop with Windows Mobile 6. The BlackJack II had its first public showing today during a keynote address by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2007 in San Francisco.

Samsung BlackJack II

Samsung BlackJack II

BlackJack II from AT&T brings the personal computer experience to a slim, compact device ideal for today’s mobile consumer. The powerful and performance-driven BlackJack II, which is available in slick black and red wine color options, features a full QWERTY keyboard, large 2.4″ QVGA color display screen and front jog wheel to elevate productivity and improve the mobile experience.

Following in the footsteps of the highly popular BlackJack, the BlackJack II boasts an enhanced feature set, which includes:

AT&T Video Share, the first service in the U.S. that enables users to share live video over the wireless phones while on a voice call. BlackJack II is the first AT&T business-oriented smart device to feature Video Share.

Built-in GPS, Support for location-based applications such as TeleNav GPS Navigator™.
Global phone capabilities. Tri-band 3G UMTS/HSDPA and Quad-band EDGE/GPRS technology takes advantage of AT&T’s industry-leading international wireless footprint for access to e-mail, the Web and other data applications in more than 135 countries — including Japan, South Korea and China — and customers can make or receive phone calls in more than 190 countries.

An RSS Reader Client to compile syndicated Web content in a single location for easy viewing.

Significant improvement in the standard battery capacity to get you through the day.

  • A 2.0-megapixel camera with video-capture capabilities.
  • Increased standard memory.
  • A louder and clearer speakerphone.
  • In addition to a robust feature set, BlackJack II provides users with access to multiple e-mail accounts, both personal and business, through Microsoft Direct Push technology with Outlook® Mobile and AT&T Xpress Mail™, which includes most major POP3/IMAP providers. The BlackJack II also offers over-the-air synchronization of contacts, calendar and task lists with Microsoft Exchange Server or AT&T Xpress Mail.

    “The BlackJack II takes one of AT&T’s most popular smart devices and adds to it a whole new level of functionality and capabilities,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Marketing and Operations for AT&T’s wireless unit. “This will provide business people and consumers alike with an even more powerful and complete communications and entertainment tool backed by the largest domestic and international wireless data footprint of any U.S. carrier.”

    “Samsung is proud to work with AT&T and Microsoft to bring the next-generation BlackJack to the U.S. market,” said Dale Sohn, president, Samsung. “We built upon the success of last year’s award-winning version of the BlackJack, our No. 1-selling smart device. This highly popular device allowed Samsung to develop BlackJack II with several design enhancements, making it the quintessential device for both work and play.”

    A Pocket-Sized Personal Computer
    With Windows Mobile 6, the BlackJack II brings a powerful personal computer experience to the small screen and improves how people do business on the go on a single device. The BlackJack II helps people keep track of schedules and contacts through Outlook Mobile, browse the Internet by using Internet Explorer Mobile, as well as manage Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents using Office Mobile. Windows Mobile 6 also supports HTML e-mail so that people can view and compose e-mail messages in their native format with live links to Web sites, support for images, tables and bullets.

    BlackJack II will be among the first Windows Mobile 6 devices from AT&T to support Microsoft’s System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, which Ballmer introduced during his keynote address today. Available for BlackJack II in 2008, System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 offers companies an end-to-end solution for managing and securing Windows Mobile devices. Employees will also have access to company information and a line of business applications from a single, secure place behind the firewall by using a cutting-edge Mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN).

    “Samsung and AT&T are delivering a worthy successor to the wildly popular first generation BlackJack,” said Pieter Knook, senior vice president, Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft Corp. “Windows Mobile 6 on the shiny, sleek BlackJack II is a great option to those wanting to run errands or take a walk in the park, all while staying in touch with important business and personal matters.”

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