Dell’s Axim X3 based on Samsung chip, sub-$150?
An ‘industry insider’ claims that Dell’s new X3 PocketPC will be based on a joint Microsoft/Samsung concept design unveiled last November. The concept design, powered by a Samsung ARM9 chip, was intended as to foster the idea of a PocketPC costing under $200. Now, with full fledged XScale devices costing as little as $175, production model PocketPCs using the same lower-cost ARM9 chip are being designed and released.
Also last November, Anthony Bonadero, director of worldwide mobile products for Dell, stated to the Globe and Mail that Dell intended to release a PocketPC in 2003 with a color screen at a $150 price point.
All together, this seems to indicate that Dell is preparing to push the price barrier again. I get the feeling that before this is over, someone’s going to be bleeding from the profit margins. HP is also picking up the Samsung ARM chip in it’s new iPaq 1930 and 1940 series of low-end PocketPCs.
Clie NX-73 and NX-80 available for pre-order
Sony’s new Clie models are beginning to be available for order. The NX73 is available for $478, and the NX80 for $573. The units are nearly identical save for the silver case and higher resolution camera sported by the NX80. More importantly, the CompactFlash slots on the Clies now natively support at least some CF memory cards out of the box.
AOL severs ties to RIM, offers rebate on Sidekick
AOL will be shutting down service for it’s RIM-powered Mobile Communicator device on August 1st. This must come as a blow to those who bought the extremely expensive instant messaging units to access their AOL messaging and email. Meanwhile, AOL has begun offering a new $100 rebate on T-Mobile’s color Sidekick.
Document reformatter RepliGo updated for PocketPCs
Intended to port documents from PCs to PDAs without losing essential formatting, RepliGo has released a new 1.1 version for PocketPC handhelds. The new update allows users to view documents in a landscape mode, and adds support for email and wireless printing.
Overstock to resell open-box Palms
Internet retailer Overstock.com has made an agreement with Palm to sell Palm’s open-box handhelds via it’s website. Only working, open-box Palms in mint or near-mint condition will be sold–Overstock will not be reselling refurbished or damaged units.