Toshiba launches pocket rockets

Toshiba has rolled out two of its fastest-ever pocket PCs in the Middle East — the high-end Pocket PC e750 is touted as the ultimate productivity tool for mobile professionals while the e350 is targeted at budget-conscious buyers.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  March 26, 2003

Toshiba has rolled out two of its fastest-ever pocket PCs in the Middle East — the high-end Pocket PC e750 with on-board wireless LAN is touted as the ultimate productivity tool for mobile professionals while the e350 is targeted at budget-conscious buyers and first-time users. Both pocket PCs are powered by Intel’s PXA255 applications processor for quick application launching, MPEG decoding and Web browsing, both run on Microsoft’s Pocket PC 2002 operating system and carry an exclusive two-year warranty from Toshiba.

“Toshiba is taking full advantage of the capabilities offered by the Intel PXA255 microarchitecture to help provide end-users with the innovative form factors and embedded wireless capabilities that they expect from today’s advanced wireless devices,” says Ahmed Khalil, regional manager of Toshiba Middle East’s computer systems division. “By including the latest processing power and wireless technology, users have the ultimate in mobility, expandability, connectivity and performance from their mobile device.”

With the wireless LAN on the e750, users can stay connected to their network always, and link to the internet through wireless hot-spots. At 196g, this pocket PC enables high-speed web browsing, video streaming and viewing spreadsheets. In addition to its multimedia functions, it comes with 32MB Flash ROM, 64MB RAM and a 32MB NAND flash memory for additional data reliability. It is expandable with both Secure Digital (SD) and CompactFlash (CF-II) slots, and through an optional expansion pack, users can also connect to a projector, a keyboard or to an external monitor.

The low-budget, super-thin (12.4mm) and ultra-portable (150g) e350 Pocket PC is also a powerful companion for the road warrior but comes with reduced functionality. It is fully expandable via a built-in Secure Digital (SD) slot, and SD cards can be added for data transfer or to turn it into a video player or digital photo album. Information can be transferred wirelessly to other mobile devices via integrated InfraRed or an optional Bluetooth SD card.

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