Dell claims handheld first

Dell claims it is the first company in the region to launch handheld devices based on the quickest version of Intel's PXA270 mobile processor.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  June 23, 2004

The company this week unveiled its new Axim X30 device, which will be available in the region shortly. The Axim will be offered in three configurations, all built around Intel’s PXA270 processor, which Dell claims provides handhelds with excellent multimedia performance and extended battery lives. Each of Dell’s new X30s run Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Software for Pocket PC operating system, which lets users switch between portrait and landscape display orientations, and has been designed for easy web site viewing. Two configurations of the new Axim also do away with the need for cables by including IEEE 802.11b Wireless LAN and Bluetooth technology on-board. Having Bluetooth incorporated into a device means that Dell can offer users the benefits of personal area networking (PAN) with computer systems and Bluetooth enabled devices such as mobile phones, GPS receivers, keyboards and other handhelds. Integrated Wireless LAN meanwhile allows users to connect wirelessly to the internet at any location with a wireless network installed, whether at home, in the office, or at a ‘Wireless hot spot’ location. Customers in the region will be able to choose between two different speed versions of the X30: either built around 312MHz or 624MHz versions of Intel's PXA270 CPU. All three Axim X30 versions will feature a built-in Secure Digital I/O slot, 3.5-inch transflective TFT color display with 240x320 (QVGA) resolution, headphone jack, improved recording capabilities and a scroll dial navigator. 312MHz versions of the handheld will come supplied with a travel sync cable, while Dell’s faster 624MHz models are also set to bundle a sync/recharge cradle with an extra battery charge slot. This in turn will accommodates either a second optional standard battery (950 mAh) or an optional high-capacity (1800 mAh) battery. The new X30s will be made available with 32MB of 64MB of on-board SDRAM memory, similar capacities of flash ROM, and will weigh 139 grams each. Dell has yet to disclose pricing information for its new X30s. The products should be available in the region over the next few weeks.

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