Axim X3 Series Gets FCC Approval

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just given its approval for Dell to release a new series of handhelds in the United States, bringing to light new information about these devices.

Yesterday, Dell officially announced the Axim X3 series, but it released very few details on them. However, in order to get FCC approval, companies have to submit a collection of documents to this government agency, and these present a fairly full overview of these Pocket PCs. However, not all the details are available.

The handhelds that make up the X3 series are expected to come in widely different configurations. However, all will use the same chassis and have the same form factor.

While all of the X3 models will run the Premium Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on an Intel XScale processor, the processor speeds will range between 300 MHz and 400 MHz. There will be models with 64 MB of RAM and others with just 32 MB. There will also be ones with 48 MB of ROM and others with 32 MB.

Dell said yesterday that at least one of the X3 models will have built-in Wi-Fi.

Update: It was reported yesterday that the user manual submitted to the FCC says that some of these handhelds will also have Bluetooth. However, a separate document notes that none of these will actually have Bluetooth, and reminds the manufacturer to remove the reference from the manual.

The body of all the X3 handhelds will be 3.21 inches wide, 4.6 inches long, and .58 inches thick (76 mm by 111 mm by 15 mm). They will weigh 4.9 ounces (138 g).

They will have a 3.5 inch screen at the Pocket PC-standard resolution of 240 by 320 pixels. This will be able to display 16-bit color.

Dell had already said that the X3 models will have an SD/MMC slot. The user manual confirms that no handheld in this series will include a CompactFlash slot.

The SD slot and infrared port will be on the top of these models. On the left side will be a jog dial and the headphone jack. The voice record button will be on the front, as well as a 5-way D-pad, four application buttons, and the power button. The microphone will be on the front but the speaker will be on the back.

The 950 mAh Lithium-ion battery that comes with these models is swappable, and Dell will offer an optional 1800 mAh one.

It is not yet known what the various versions of the Axim X3 line will cost and Dell has only said they will be available by the holiday shopping season.

All the documentation filed with the FCC about these handhelds can be found on this government agency’s web site.

These upcoming members of the Axim Line will face competition from a variety of handhelds. For example, HP is rumored to be close to releasing the iPAQ h4155, a light and slim model that offers both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and is expected to cost $449 when it is released later this year. And quite a few multimedia-capable handhelds that cost around $200 are expected to be available soon.

Thanks to Serdar Demirel for the tip.

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