the announcement of the availability of Windows CE 5.0, Philips has recently
announced that they will re-enter the PDA market with a new entry level device
aimed at the very low end market. Targeting a price range of $99 for a Windows
CE powered device, they will be implementing a monochrome screen but promises to
offer great connectivity through its special port.
Included with the package will be a landline click-on modem which promises
blazing speeds when hooked up to a phone line. Able to run on penlight
batteries, (suggesting a couple of LR6 type batteries), the device is good for
at least 16hrs of continuous use. Innovative design is the key for Philips
this time keeping all controls within fingers' reach. The left side of the
device features a nicely designed up/down rocker with a center action button,
while the right side features 4 hard buttons that promise to allow for quick
handling while the right hand is holding the stylus. In true stylish fashion,
Philips has also gotten Samsonite to make their PDA cases.
This will probably be the cheapest Windows CE device ever to be produced. This
device will be running on an undisclosed processor which is supposed to be super
efficient while running an upgradeable ROM from 4MB to 64MB. It will have
upgradeable RAM too available at 64MB to 192MB. Upgrades will cost from
$200 to $300 depending on the ROM/RAM combination.
Availability, estimated April 2005.
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