The FCC has given Sony permission to release a pair of new Clie handhelds in its TJ series. Both of these will have built-in cameras and one, the TJ37, will have built-in Wi-Fi.
Like the current members of the TJ series, the the TJ27 and the TJ37 will run Palm OS 5.2. The new models will use a Motorola i.MXL processor, though the speed is not yet known. They will have 32 MB of RAM, but just 23 MB of this will be directly available to the user, as the rest will be used for Heap Memory.
The camera lens is located on the back of these handhelds, while the screen acts as the viewfinder.They can take pictures as large as 640 by 480 pixels. Neither of these models can record video.
The TJ37 will have built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking. This will allow it to connect to the Internet through wireless access points in homes and offices. These are also being increasing installed in public places. At this point, it appears that the TJ37 will be the first time Sony releases a mid-range model with Wi-Fi.
The TJ37 will also come with the NetFront 3.1 web browser. Both these new models will come with Clie Mail, Sony’s email software.
The TJ27 and TJ37 will have 320-by-320 pixel, color screens. They will also have a Memory Stick slot capable of using all types of Memory Sticks.
The TJ37 offers good multimedia capabilities, while the TJ27 is more of a stripped down model. The TJ37 will come with a built-in speaker and a headphone jack, plus the AeroPlayer audio player. It will also come with Kinoma 2 for playing video. This continues a recent trend in which Sony is bundling more third-party software with its Clies, rather than writing the applications itself.
The TJ37 will also include Piscel Viewer, which allows the user to view documents in a wide variety of formats, including Microsoft office files. However, neither model comes with software to allow editing of documents or spreadsheets.
The documents Sony filed with the FCC have only a single, poor-quality picture of these Clies (at right), but the user manual has several diagrams. The manual also shows that the upcoming TJ series models will be 4.5 inches tall, 3.0 inches wide, and .53 inches thick (113 mm by 75 mm by 13.2 mm) and weigh 5 ounces (145 g). This makes them slightly larger and heavier than the current TJ series models.
Like the TJ25 and TJ35, the upcoming models will have a flip cover that attaches to their left side. They won’t come with a cradle, depending instead on power and HotSync cables. Still, it looks like they will use the standard Sony connector and can almost certainly use cradles designed for the TJ series.
It is not known at this time when the Clie TJ27 and Clie TJ37 will be available, or what they will cost. However, it is likely the TJ27 will be an entry-level model, while the TJ37 will be mid-range.