Fujitsu Demonstrates Prototype Handheld with SVGA Screen

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Fujitsu Laboratories is showing off the prototype for a new handheld that includes a 600-by-800 pixel (SVGA) screen and multiple forms of wireless networking.

Fujitsu announced over the summer it had developed a prototype LCD that is just 4 inches when measured diagonally but has a resolution of 800-by-600 pixels. This is more than three times as many pixels as the screens on Sony’s NX series while being roughly the same size. The company has now integrated this screen into a prototype handheld.

This device offers both 802.11b and Bluetooth wireless networking. It also has a CompactFlash slot, which gives it the ability to use other types of wireless cards. In addition to directly accessing the Internet, Fujitsu envisions this device being used to wirelessly access the user’s home computer through an application like VNC, which allows a remote computer to display the contents of PC’s screen.

Fujitsu’s announcement of this device is light on details. It didn’t say what operating system it is using, or what processor, how much memory it will offer, or even what the size for the entire device will be. It isn’t known if Fujitsu intends to release this device or if is was created as a proof of concept, to show that a handheld with an SVGA screen is possible.

After being relatively static for a long time, the resolution of handheld screens has recently begun to increase rapidly. Toshiba made headlines last month by announcing the first Pocket PC with a 640-by-480 pixel (VGA) screen and Microsoft said the next version of Windows Mobile will offer support for VGA.

And now that Fujitsu has shown that it can make SVGA screens small enough to go into a handheld, it is probably only a matter of time before one hits the market.

The full press release is available, in Japanese, on the Fujitsu Laboratories web site.

Thanks to Vitee Tao from InfoScape Systems for the tip.

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