Though Dell originally intended to include Bluetooth in its Axim X3i, it was removed late in the development process. Today there is word that there will eventually be a version of this Pocket PC that does offer Bluetooth.
It doesn't take a detective to deduce that the original design of the X3i sported Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi. When Dell submitted the Axim X3i to the FCC for approval, the device had Bluetooth. In fact, the units that are in consumers' hands now have a Bluetooth logo on their antenna, despite the fact that this short-range wireless networking standard isn't part of this model.
A Dell spokesperson said her company decided to cut Bluetooth out of this design during user testing, as people felt the integrated Wi-Fi was good enough. The cost of adding both wireless networking standards was also a factor.
However, this isn't the end of the story. Dell intends to release a model with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth by the middle of next year.
The Axim X3i has a 400 MHz processor, 64 MB of RAM, 64M bytes of ROM, and Wi-Fi wireless networking.
It runs Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, and includes an SD/MMC slot that offers SDIO support. It comes with a cradle and is available now for $379.
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