At a press conference today, Michael Dell introduced some members of the Axim Line of Pocket PCs, one of which will include built-in Wi-Fi. Details are still somewhat sketchy but a fuller picture of these models is becoming available
Dell itself said very little about these devices. It released a number of pictures and put out a press release that says only, “The Dell Axim X3, Dell’s newest handheld, is a thinner, lighter companion to the popular Dell Axim X5. The X3 features optional integrated 802.11b wireless connectivity in a clean, sophisticated design.
Dell says these are expected to be available before the holiday shipping season.
Update: The FCC has given Dell approval to release these handhelds in the US, bringing to light new information about these devices. Read more in this Brighthand article.
Without revealing its source, BargainPDA.com is saying that the Axim X3 Series will include three models. All of them will use the same general design, run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, and include an SD/MMC slot that offers SDIO support.
One model will have a 300 MHz processor, the second will have a 400 MHz processor and 64 MB of RAM, while a third will have a 400 MHz processor, 64 MB of RAM, and Wi-Fi.
Pricing for all three models has not yet been announced, but the Wi-Fi-enabled one will sell for $400.
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 quite a few multimedia-capable handhelds that cost around $200 are expected to be available soon.