Amazon Taking Pre-orders for JVC’s Upcoming Pocket PC

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Almost lost in the furor of the launch day for Windows Mobile 2003 was JVC’s announcement that it was going to release its first Pocket PC models, which will emphasize multimedia capabilities. Now those who are eager to get their hands on these devices can put in an order for them, though they aren’t expected until September.

JVC will be putting out two models in its new iO line: the MP-PV131 and MP-PV331. These will be quite similar, except the MP-PV331 offers integrated Wi-Fi wireless networking.

Amazon.com is taking pre-orders for the PV331 at $600, while it is asking $500 for the PV131. These are the manufacturer’s suggested prices. It says both models will be available September 15. A JVC spokesperson is more cautious, saying these models will be released “in mid- to late-September.”

Overview of the iO Line

JVC gave its first Pocket PCs an audio and video player and other features that will make them ideal as portable multimedia devices.

Like all handhelds running the new Windows Mobile 2003 they will come with Windows Media Player 9 Series for Pocket PC, which can play MP3s and video in Microsoft’s Windows Media format. But JVC has gone far beyond this. Its new iO models come with a proprietary player that can handle MP3, WAV, and Ogg Vorbis audio files, plus video in AVI and MPEG4.

Even better, the MP-PV331 can be hooked up to a JVC video camera and save the video in MPEG4 format. If that isn’t enough, it can also stream the video over Wi-Fi to another computer. It can also remotely control some JVC video cameras.

Users will have two options for storing audio and video files: a CompactFlash slot and an SD/MMC slot. This will surely prove useful, as multimedia files are frequently quite large.

For showing videos, these have a 3.5 inch transflective 16-bit color screen. They will also have 1100 mAh non-removable Lithium-ion batteries.

Both the MP-PV131 and MP-PV331 will run Intel XScale PXA255 processors at 400 MHz. They will have 128 MB of RAM and 32 MB of Flash ROM.

All of this will fit into handhelds that are 5.2 by 3.0 by .65 inches (132 by 76 by 16.6 mm) and weigh 6.0 ounces (170 g).

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