High-End Pocket PC Coming Soon to Sprint

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Sprint will soon begin offering a new high-end cellular-wireless Pocket PC.

This device generated a great deal of interest when it was first unveiled this spring. At that time, it was called the Daxian CU928. Sprint, however, is calling its version the Audiovox PPC-6601.

This model will use a traditional tablet design, plus it will sport a small QWERTY keyboard that is exposed when the 3.5-inch, 240-by-320-pixel (QVGA) screen slides up.

Audiovox PPC-6601 With the keyboard hidden, this handheld will be 4.9 inches tall, 2.75 inches wide, and 0.75 inches thick (12.5 cm by 7.0 cm by 1.9 cm). It will weigh 7.4 ounces (210 g).

The PPC-6601 will run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition on a 400 MHz Intel XScale PXA263 processor. It will include 128 MB of RAM and have an SD/SDIO slot for additional storage.

This model will include Bluetooth, allowing it to be used with wireless headsets.

Of course, the PPC-6601 will include the full suite of standard Windows Mobile-based applications, including Microsoft Pocket Excel, Outlook, Word, Windows Media Player, Microsoft ActiveSync, and MSN Messenger.

Sprint says this handheld’s swappable battery will allow this handheld to last for up to 3.6 hours of continuous talk time or up to six days of continuous digital standby time.

The Audiovox PPC-6601 will be available early next month exclusively through Sprint business channels for $630.

Later this year, Sprint plans to offer another version of the device which will include an embedded VGA-quality camera with flash and video capability. This second version of the device, called the Audiovox PPC-6600, will be offered nationwide in Sprint Stores and its web site.

Not Just Sprint

Verizon is expected to begin offering its own version of this cellular-wireless handheld at some point.

In addition, a GSM/GPRS version should be coming soon to AT&T Wireless/Cingular.

These might or might not have the same specifications as the Sprint version. For example, the AT&T/Cingular version is expected to have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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