It's still forwarding us back to the old-skool 8125's product page at the moment, but a tipster has managed to coax Cingular's site into giving up the goods on the 8525 -- Buy Now link and all. We're guessing it has something to do with region or Premier account status, we're not sure, but the point is that a select few are able to place their orders for Cingular's first HSDPA smartphone as we speak. Breaking out the wallet might be hard to justify for folks in 2G areas coming from an 8125, but if speed and power are top priorities, lick your chops as you read the full specs (highlights include a 400MHz Samsung core, 2-megapixel cam, and that fabulous 3G radio) after the break.

[Thanks, John]

Update: Judging from commenters' experiences, it's sounding like there's some buffoonery going on behind the scenes over at Cingular HQ -- the phone may not be shipping to anyone yet after all. In the meanwhile, enjoy the literature and imagery we've scooped, and we'll let you know what's going on as soon as we do.

NOW AVAILABLE -- THE CINGULAR 8525.
BROADBAND DATA SPEEDS. FULL-FEATURED PHONE.
WHAT COULD BE MORE CONVENIENT?

The Cingular 8525 is a feature-rich Windows Mobile Pocket PC providing access to your personal or corporate email, Internet, and your critical personal or business applications-all at broadband speeds. And with simultaneous voice and data functionality, you won't miss a call when surfing the web or responding to email.

Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA; Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE for global use
Microsoft® Windows Mobile™ 5.0 with Messaging and Security Feature Pack
128MB ROM / 64MB SDRAM
Samsung 400MHz Processor
Sliding QWERTY keyboard
2.8" QVGA 320x240 64K Color LCD Touch Screen
Push to Talk capable*
Bluetooth v2.0
Integrated WiFi (802.11b/g)
Micro SD expansion slot for greater storage and expansion
Take advantage of Windows Media Player 10 Mobile to take your favorite music and videos with you.
Log in to Pocket MSN – Hotmail, MSN Messenger and more!
Optional 2.0 mega-pixel camera with built-in flash and video capability

* Push to Talk software will be available in
2007 for the Cingular 8500/8525.