JVC Preparing Multimedia-Oriented Pocket PCs

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As part of the roll-out of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, JVC is announcing two new handhelds. These will be part of the company’s new iO line and will include an audio and video player and other features that will make them ideal as portable multimedia devices.

Both the MP-PV131 and MP-PV331 will run Intel XScale PXA255 processors at 400 MHz. They will have 128 MB of RAM and 32 MB of Flash ROM.

In addition, the MP-PV331 offers integrated Wi-Fi wireless networking.

JVC gave users of these models two options for storing audio and video files: a CompactFlash slot and an SD/MMC slot. This will surely prove useful, as multimedia files are frequently quite large.

For showing videos, these have a 3.5 inch transflective 16-bit color screen. They will also have 1100 mAh non-removable Lithium-ion batteries.

All of this will fit into handhelds that are 5.2 by 3.0 by .65 inches (132 by 76 by 16.6 mm) and weigh 6.0 ounces (170 g).

Multimedia Power

Like all handhelds running the new Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC they will come with Windows Media Player 9 Series for Pocket PC, which can play MP3s and video in Microsoft’s Windows Media format. But JVC has gone far beyond this. Its new iO models come with a proprietary player that can handle MP3, WAV, and Ogg Vorbis audio files, plus video in AVI and MPEG4.

Even better, the MP-PV331 can be hooked up to a JVC video camera and save the video in MPEG4 format. If that isn’t enough, it can also stream the video over Wi-Fi to another computer. It can also remotely control some JVC video cameras.

JVC says the the MP-PV131 will cost $500 while the MP-PV331 will be $600. Both of these models are expected to be available in September.

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