While it is certain Dell is going to introduce a Pocket PC with a VGA screen called the Axim X50 in the near future, this company has been trying its hardest to keep any information about this model from slipping out ahead of time.
As part of this, a confidentiality request was given to the FCC, preventing this government agency from putting on public display many of the documents that were filed when the X50 was submitted for FCC approval.
While quite a few details on this handheld could be discovered by carefully perusing what few documents are available on the FCC site, none of these include a picture of exactly what the X50 will look like. However, a picture of the front without the casing on gives a general idea of how this model will look.
While no official pictures are available yet, a couple of versions of an unofficial one have been in circulation on the Web. Perhaps the best version yet of this was posted on the forums at Aximsite late last week.
While there’s no way to be certain if this picture is an actual leak or a Photoshopped fake, it does match what little information is available on the shape of the X50.
There is a poll in the Brighthand forums in which readers can vote on whether this picture is legitimate or fake.
No one has leaked the exact dimensions of the X50 yet, but, according to one source, it will be approximately the size of the Axim X30.
The Axim X50 is expected to be announced on November 8. There has been no word yet on what the various versions of this handheld will cost.
More about the Axim X50
While the confidentiality request is keeping the FCC from revealing everything about the X50, by carefully scrutinizing the documents that are available, Brighthand was able to ascertain many of the details about this model.
It appears that there will be several versions of the X50. One model will have a 3.7-inch, 640-by-480-pixel (VGA) screen, a 624 MHz Intel XScale processor, and either 128 MB or 64 MB of RAM. A second model will have a 3.5-inch, 240-by-320-pixel (QVGA) screen, a 520 MHz XScale processor, and 64 MB of RAM.
One of these will have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking. A second will have only Bluetooth.
There are no good images of exactly what the X50 will look like available on the FCC site, but a picture of the front without the casing on and a picture of the back show that this model won’t be shaped exactly like either the Axim X5 or the Axim X3.
Another detail that is included with the FCC filing is the fact that this handheld will use a 1100 mAh battery, with a 2200 mAh extended battery available separately.
This isn’t confirmed by the information in the FCC site, but all versions of the X50 are expected to have both a CompactFlash slot and an SD slot.
Thanks to Pocket PC Thoughts for the tip.