SOURCE: Socket Mobile, Inc.

Socket Mobile, Inc.

February 08, 2012 06:30 ET

Socket Mobile Unveils New and Improved Handheld Device for Mobile Markets

SoMo® 655 Offers Improved Charging and Durability, Expanded Memory and Best-in-Class Wi-Fi to Better Serve Our Customers in Healthcare and Hospitality

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 8, 2012) - Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced the upcoming availability of the SoMo 655, a durable handheld device that enables mobile professionals to efficiently collect, document and access mission-critical business data in a wide range of applications. The small yet powerful device expands upon Socket Mobile's award-winning SoMo 650 line of handheld devices and affirms the company's dedication to the handheld device space by addressing the increasing demands of mobile professionals.

"Socket Mobile is committed to meeting our customers' needs, and the SoMo 655 incorporates many new features, including improved charging and durability, 4 GB memory and enterprise-level 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless technology, specifically requested by our customers," said Vince Coli, senior handheld computer product manager at Socket Mobile. "With more than 50,000 devices already shipped to healthcare institutions, restaurants and other end users, the SoMo 650 has proven reliability in business deployments. The new SoMo 655 not only provides enhanced features, but also helps enterprises maximize ROI with a long expected life of three to five years and professional service and support options."

"Microsoft is fully committed to providing the enterprise with Windows Embedded platforms to support the future of connected intelligent systems," said David Wurster, senior product manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft. "With Microsoft's trusted platforms leveraged on devices from manufacturers like Socket Mobile, enterprises can benefit from a diverse array of solutions to support specialized devices across the retail and healthcare industries."

SoMo 650 customers using Windows Mobile 6 can easily transition to the new SoMo 655 running Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, which is based on the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform, with no need to adjust software in most cases.

"The new SoMo 655 worked flawlessly with our SpringCard RFID smartcard readers without any changes to our existing drivers," said Jérôme Chalbot, hardware developer at SpringCard - Pro Active Group, a manufacturer of contact and contactless smartcard readers previously certified for the SoMo 650.

To learn more about the new features of the SoMo 655, view the device comparison chart at:

Pricing and Availability
MSRP for the standard version of the SoMo 655 is $648. General availability in Q2 2012 in the U.S., with Worldwide availability expected in Q3 2012. Samples are being supplied to select customers; to request one, please complete the online form:

About Socket Mobile
With 20 years of experience in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture market, Socket makes mobile computing and productivity work. The company offers a family of handheld computers and an extensive portfolio of AIDC peripherals designed specifically for business mobility deployments and to enable productivity increases and drive operational efficiencies in healthcare, hospitality and other vertical markets. The company also offers OEM solutions for the mobile device market. Socket is headquartered in Newark, Calif. and can be reached at 510-933-3000 or Follow Socket Mobile on Twitter @socketmobile and subscribe to, the company's official blog.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements indicating a new product introduction including details on the timing and distribution of the product and statements predicting trends, sales and market opportunities in the markets in which we sell our products. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from the results anticipated in such forward looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including, but not limited to, the risk that the product introduction may be delayed or not happen as predicted, if ever, and the risk that market acceptance and sales opportunities may not happen as anticipated once the product has been introduced into the market, the risk that our integrator program and current distribution channels may not choose to distribute the product or may not be successful in doing so, the risk that acceptance of our product in vertical application markets may not happen as anticipated and that anecdotal evidence of success in those markets may not be indicative of a trend, the risk of delays in our ability to design, manufacture, market and sell the new product due to technological, market, or financial factors, including the availability of necessary working capital, and other risks described in our most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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