Dell Introduces Axim X51 Series

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Dell has just released its first handhelds running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 5.0. These new devices are, by and large, upgraded versions of the previous Axim X50 series.

This company’s new flagship model is the Axim X51v, which has a VGA screen, a 624 MHz processor, 256 MB of ROM, and both WiFi and Bluetooth. It sells for $500.

There are two other devices in this series, both called the Axim X51.

Both of them have 3.5-inch 240-by-320-pixel (QVGA) screens.

Axim X51 Series One of these models has a 520 MHz XScale processor, 128 MB of ROM, and WiFi and Bluetooth. It costs $400.

The final X51 model has 416 MHz XScale processor and 128 MB of ROM. This device has Bluetooth but not WiFi. It sells for $300.

Windows Mobile 5.0

All of the handhelds run Windows Mobile 5.0, the latest version of this operating system.

This has updated Office applications and, for the first time, includes a viewer for PowerPoint presentations.

Windows Mobile Running Windows Mobile 5.0 also means that these devices use persistent storage. Under this system, these Pocket PCs use their 64 MB of RAM only for holding currently running applications, and nothing else. All Storage of applications and files is done in Flash ROM.

Therefore, if the handheld’s battery is completely depleted, the files and applications that the user has added to the device won’t be erased.

More Details on the Axim X51 Series

All three models in the Axim X51 Series have the same form factor. They are 4.7 inches tall, 2.9 inches wide, and .7 inches thick (119 mm by 73 mm by 17 mm). They weigh 6.2 oz. (175 grams).

Each includes a slot for SD/MMC cards and another for CompactFlash cards.

The X51v and other dual-wireless model come with a cradle with an extra battery slot that accommodates either a spare standard battery (1100 mAh) or the optional high-capacity (2200 mAh) battery.

They all come with a slipcover, though.

For more information, or to order one of these Axims, visit the Dell web site.

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