Full Details on the Axim X3 Series Coming Next Week

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At a press conference late last month, Michael Dell announced the Axim X3 series, but it released very few details on them. It now appears that the full unveiling is going to be next week.

The Axim X3 models were mentioned in September as part of a larger announcement that described a number of new products coming from Dell. The company just put out a few pictures and a press release that says only, “The Dell Axim X3, Dell’s newest handheld, is a thinner, lighter companion to the popular Dell Axim X5. The X3 features optional integrated 802.11b wireless connectivity in a clean, sophisticated design.”

Today, Dell sent an email inviting some journalists, including News.com, to come to a press conference next Wednesday at which this new series of Pocket PCs will be the star of the show.

Information from Other Sources

Dell isn’t the only source of information about the X3 series. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given its approval for Dell to release them, and the collection of documents the company had to submit to this government agency to get this approval presents a fairly full overview of these models.

The handhelds that make up the X3 series are expected to come in widely different configurations. However, all will use the same chassis and have the same form factor.

While all of the X3 models will run the Premium Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on an Intel XScale processor, the processor speeds will range between 300 MHz and 400 MHz. There will be models with 64 MB of RAM and others with just 32 MB. There will also be ones with 48 MB of ROM and others with 32 MB.

The body of all the X3 handhelds will be 3.21 inches wide, 4.6 inches long, and .58 inches thick (76 mm by 111 mm by 15 mm). They will weigh 4.9 ounces (138 g).

They will have a 3.5 inch screen at the Pocket PC-standard resolution of 240 by 320 pixels. This will be able to display 16-bit color.

Dell had already said that the X3 models will have an SD/MMC slot. The user manual confirms that no handheld in this series will include a CompactFlash slot.

The SD slot and infrared port will be on the top of these models. On the left side will be a jog dial and the headphone jack. The voice record button will be on the front, as well as a 5-way D-pad, four application buttons, and the power button. The microphone will be on the front but the speaker will be on the back.

The 950 mAh Lithium-ion battery that comes with these models is swappable, and Dell will offer an optional 1800 mAh one.

Until next week’s press conference, it is not known what the various versions of the Axim X3 line will cost and Dell has only said they will be available by the holiday shopping season. However, there is expected to be a bare-bones version costing about $200 and a Wi-Fi enabled one for about $400.

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