A press release issued by Samsung yesterday included a casual mention of a MID:
The latest and the most diverse Mobile WiMAX line-ups include mobile WiMAX Ubicell Notebook, Mobile Internet Device (MID) and Smartphone, so as to target a diversity of consumer demands.
A Samsung MID has long been rumored to be in the works, so a simple statement like that would've been enough for many to begin speculating about what else besides WiMAX the handheld device would have. Fortunately, the team at Ubergizmo saved us from all the googling, feeding the rumor mill, and searching the FCC site to unearth more details by snapping a great set of hands-on photos of what has been identified at MWC as the Samsung SWD-M100 (specs below), a Windows Mobile 6.1 connected slider device with a 4.3-inch touchscreen and Opera browser.
I got in touch with Samsung's PR people this morning to find out more and was told that they couldn't talk about US availability of the "SWD-M100 WiMAX PC Card" (PC card?) right now. I'd ask for ideas on what you think that might mean, but since doing so would only cause exactly the kind of speculation we just avoided, I'll sit tight until the PR folks are able to speak more freely.