FCC Approves Toshiba e800 and e805

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given Toshiba permission to release in the United States the e800 and e805, two new Pocket PCs which will include Wi-Fi.

These two models will be identical. The only difference is where they will be marketed. The e805 will be for the consumer market, while the e800 will marketed to large businesses. Both will feature built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking. Neither version offers Bluetooth.

Contradictory Information

Last week, some information about these was leaked PocketPCTools.com. However, the documentation filed with the FCC disagrees with some of this previous information. Most especially, the user manual shows that these models do not have a VGA (480 by 640 pixel) screen. Instead, they will have one that uses the Pocket PC-standard resolution of 240 by 320 pixels.

However, this isn’t the end of the question. The parts list filed with the FCC lists a 4 inch VGA screen, which agrees with the information given in a PowerPoint document about this model that was leaked last week to PocketPCTools.com.

According to the user manual submitted to the FCC, these handhelds will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a 400 MHz Intel Xscale PXA255 processor. They will offer 64 MB of RAM and 32 MB of ROM.

However, other sources of information give us very different specifications for these models. The e805 appeared briefly on J&R’s web store and its listing said this upcoming handheld will use a 300 MHz Intel Xscale PXA263 processor, have 128 MB of RAM, 32 MB of ROM, and 32 MB of NAND Flash ROM.

To add even more confusion, the device described in the FCC test report ran 400 MHz Xscale PXA263 processor and had 64 MB of RAM.

The size of the screen isn’t clear, either. The user manual says it is 3.8 inches, while J&R and the FCC test report say it is 4 inches.

It isn’t unusual for the documents on the FCC site to be out of date. Companies have to file these months in advance and sometimes devices get modified in the interim. As long as this doesn’t affect the handheld’s wireless performance, the FCC doesn’t care.

The e800 and e805 will have both a CompactFlash Type II slot and an SD/MMC slot that is compatible with SDIO. They will include a swappable, Lithium-Ion battery. It appears these devices may come with two batteries, one larger than the other.

They will be able to use the Toshiba Expansion Pack, which allows the handheld to be connected to an external display device such as a monitor or projector. This also has a USB port in it, which is convenient as the Expansion Pack is going to cover the one built into the handheld.

The e800 series will be 5.0 inches high, 3.2 inches wide and 0.7 inches thick (130 mm by 78 mm by 16 mm) and weigh 6.9 ounces (195g ).

Significant Features

USB Host These devices will be one of the first Pocket PCs to include a USB port into which a keyboard can be plugged. While previous Toshiba models offered this on the cradle, the e800 and e805 have it built into the handheld.

Text to Speech The e800 and e805 will come with software to allow them to read aloud text stored on the handheld. Mail Speech will display unread emails and read them aloud. Text Speech will do the same thing for text files, and also read out text data in the clipboard.

Voice Command These models will also come with software that will allow users to operate them “hands free” without tapping or pressing buttons. With Voice Command, users can open applications and insert previously-written bits of text

Voice command can also be used to control the built-in applications. For example, with the Calendar open, saying “Very next appointment” will cause the listing mode screen to appear, and the handheld will then read aloud the next appointment

According to J&R and Amazon.com, Toshiba’s suggested price for the e805 will be $599. It is not yet known when these handhelds will be available, though they are expected in the near future.

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

Thanks to Serdar Demirel for the tip.

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