A Bumper Crop of Fall Handhelds

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Because companies need to get new models on the shelves for the busy holiday shopping season, fall is always the busiest time of the year for handheld releases. To help you keep track of all the new models, Brighthand has compiled a list of the new releases expected between September and November.

ASUSTeK

MyPal A620BT Source:
PROportable
Release Date:
October 3
Price:
$420
The MyPal A620BT has a 400MHz processor, 64MB of RAM, and 64 MB of ROM. It includes Bluetooth and is one of the smallest handhelds to have a CompactFlash Type II slot. More Information
 

Dell

Axim X3 Pocket PC Source:
Dell
Anticipated
Release Date:
November 16
Expected Price:
$150 – $400
While Michael Dell listed the Axim X3 line in a press conference about upcoming products, the company declined to say much about them. It is known for sure these will be thinner and lighter than the company’s Axim X5 models, and at least one of them will have built-in Wi-Fi. More Information
 

Fujitsu-Siemens

Pocket Loox 610 Source:
FCC
Anticipated
Release Date:
November
Expected Price:
Unknown
The FCC has given Fujitsu-Siemens permission to release in the U.S. a pair of new models in the Pocket Loox line. One will offer both Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth, while the second will have just Bluetooth. Both will have dual memory card slots. More Information
 

Handspring

Treo 600 Source:
Handspring
Anticipated
Release Date:
October 13
Expected Price:
$399-$549
The Treo 600 is a major upgrade and redesign of Handspring’s smart phone line. It offers the latest version of the Palm OS and more memory in a smaller casing. It will also include a keyboard, camera, and an SD slot. More Information
 

Hewlett Packard

iPAQ h4155 Pocket PC Source:
FCC
Anticipated
Release Date:
October
Expected Price:
$449
Though it offers both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the iPAQ h4155 will have a styling reminiscent of HP’s popular h1900 series and is close to the same size. It will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a 400 MHz processor and have 64MB of RAM. More Information
 
iPAQ h4355 Pocket PC Source:
FCC
Anticipated
Release Date:
October
Expected Price:
$499
Internally, this model will offer the same features as the iPAQ h4155. However, the addition of a built-in thumboard will change this model’s external appearance substantially. More Information
 

Mitac

Mio558 Source:
FCC
Anticipated
Release Date:
Unknown
Expected Price:
Unknown
MiTAC has been granted permission by the FCC to release in the U.S. the Mio558, which offers integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It runs Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs on a 400 MHz PXA263 Intel XScale processor. The Mio558 has 64 MB of RAM and two memory card slots: CompactFlash Type II and SD/MMC. More Information
 

O2

xda II Source:
O2/T-Mobile
Anticipated
Release Date:
Unknown
Expected Price:
Unknown
The xda II will be a cellular-wireless handheld that runs the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003. T-Mobile has said it will carry a version this in Europe that will have 128 MB of RAM and integrated Bluetooth wireless networking. It is not known for certain if this will be released in the U.S., but it seems likely. The T-Mobile version will be named the MDA II. More Information
 

Palm

Tungsten T3 Source:
Palm
Release Date:
October 1
Price:
$399
The Tungsten T3 is Palm’s first handheld that sports a 320×480 display that can show text and images in landscape, as well as portrait mode. It runs Palm OS 5.2 on a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor and has 64 MB of RAM. More Information
 
Tungsten E Source:
Palm
Release Date:
October 1
Price:
$199
The Tungsten E is geared toward cost-conscious professionals. It comes with a 126MHz processor and 32MB of RAM. More Information
 
Zire 21 Source:
Palm
Release Date:
October 1
Price:
$99
Despite its entry-level price, the Zire 21 has Palm OS 5.2, a 126 MHz processor, and 8 MB of RAM. It is the only model to debut this season with a monochrome screen. More Information
 

Sony

Clie PEG-TJ25 Source:
Sony
Release Date:
October 1
Price:
$199
Designed for executives on a budget, the TJ25 runs Palm OS 5.2 and has 16 MB of RAM and a 200 MHz processor. More Information
 
Clie PEG-TJ35 Source:
Sony
Release Date:
October 1
Price:
$249
The TJ35 looks like the TJ25 and has the same processor, but this one offers 32 MB of RAM and a built-in MP3 player. More Information
 
Clie UX40 Source:
Sony
Release Date:
September 29
Price:
$599
This high-end handheld offers a high-resolution screen, a large keyboard, Bluetooth, and a camera. It uses a clamshell design and runs Palm OS 5.2. It has 16 MB of RAM and 29 MB of additional internal storage. More Information
 
Clie UX50 Source:
Sony
Release Date:
September 29
Price:
$699
Aside from a few cosmetic changes, the UX50 is essentially the same as the UX40, but with Wi-Fi. More Information
 

Tapwave

Zodiac Source:
Tapwave
Anticipated
Release Date:
Late October
Expected Price:
$299 – $399
Zodiac is a gaming-oriented handheld that runs the Palm OS. There are two versions of this device. The first offer 32 MB of RAM, costs $299, and is called the Zodiac1. The second, with 128 MB of memory, costs $399 and is named the Zodiac2. Both run Palm OS 5.2 on a 200 MHz Motorola .MX1 ARM-based processor. More Information
 

Toshiba

Genio e405 Pocket PC Source:
Retailer
Anticipated
Release Date:
Unknown
Expected Price:
$299
According to information accidentally leaked by a couple of web retailers, the Toshiba e405 will run Windows Mobile 2003 on a 300 MHz Intel XScale PXA261 processor. It will have 64 MB of RAM and a SD/MMC slot. More Information
 
Genio e805 Pocket PC Source:
Various
Anticipated
Release Date:
October
Expected Price:
$599
Toshiba hasn’t officially announced the e805, but the FCC has already given its approval. Unfortunately, the user manual filed with the FCC disagrees on almost every point with information in a leaked PowerPoint presentation on this device. To add to the confusion, a pair of web retailers briefly listed this Pocket PC on their sites, and the descriptions they gave disagreed with the other sources.

About all that is definitely known about the e805 at this point is that it will have Wi-Fi and dual memory card slots and has been designed to allow its users to wirelessly make low-cost phone calls over the Internet.

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