Dell Announces Axim X50 and Axim X50v

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The Dell Axim X50 series of PDAs, which features the Axim 50 and Axim 50v, are Dell’s fall release PDAs and contenders for the holiday shopping season.  The X50v features a 3.7″ VGA screen (640 x 480), Bluetooth, dual expansion slots (SecureDigital and CompactFlash), optional Wi-Fi, up to 196MB of built-in memory, and optional 416 MHz, 520Hz or 624MHz Intel XScale processors.  The X50 boasts all these same options, but with a 240 x 320 3.5″ QVGA screen instead.

Dell Axim X50v featuring a 3.7″ VGA Screen

The big news here is obviously the Axim X50v and it’s being the first VGA screen PDA from Dell.  The X50v will go up against the HP iPaq hx4705 and Toshiba e800 in being a high-end PDA with the highly desirable VGA screen feature and built-in wireless options.  With Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition on board and Pocket Media Player 10, the Axim X50v is sure to be very appealing to those who want to view movies and use their PDA as a multimedia entertainment device.  The integrated Intel 2700G graphics accelerator enables DVD quality playback, so consider this device a PVP (Personal Video Player) and PDA all-in-one.  In addition to the fun and games though, the Axim X50v will make doing work with spreadsheets and connecting to the web much more practical so getting work done while on the go will be very doable with this device.

Providing power for both X50 releases is a standard 1100 mAh battery, this should provide for decent battery life but it does not match the power of the first and the original Axim X5 which had a 1440 mAh removable Li-Ion battery.  There will be an optional 2200 mAh extended-life battery for the X50 series however and the battery is removable so that you can have a backup if desired.  Backup batteries can charge in the cradle at the same time the PDA and its main battery are charging.

If speed and having the fastest handheld device possible is important to you, Dell will let you configure the X50 with the latest Intel XScale 624MHz processor.  If speed is not of the utmost and you want to save $100, then you can go with a still well performing 412MHz XScale processor.  In typical Dell fashion, you can configure memory, processor speed and wi-fi options on the X50 so that it suits your budget and needs.

Many people will find the dual-expansion appealing.  Having both an SecureDigital (SD) card slot and CompactFlash slot allows users to be more flexible in the type of accessories they can buy or the way they use their PDA.  For example, a person could get a GPS CompactFlash card based solution coupled with a 512MB or 1GB SecureDigital card to store more maps for use with that GPS device.  Or use the CompactFlash slot for a 4GB CompactFlash card that has movies stored on it and you’ll have yourself a PDA with enough capacity to be called a Personal Video Player.

The Axim X50 and X50v will be available from starting today, October 12, 2004.

Follow Links Below to see specs for each device:

View Axim X50v specs

View Axim X50 specs

Download the Dell Axim X50 / X50v PDF specsheet here




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