Linux-Powered Handheld Available this Spring from Royal

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Royal Consumer Information Products will ship its delayed Linux-powered handheld sometime this spring. This device will run the Qtopia application platform.

Linea LX The Linea LX will use a Motorola i.MX1 ARM-based processor running at 200 MHz. This is the same chip used in the Tapwave Zodiac. Royal’s upcoming handheld will include 64 MB of SDRAM and 32 MB of Flash memory.

According to LinuxDevices.com, it will have a 3.5-inch screen at a resolution of 240 by 320 pixels. This will display 16-bit color and offer both portrait and landscape modes.

It will also include an SD slot that will be able to use both memory cards and peripherals. Royal will offer an optional, snap-on CompactFlash card expansion adapter containing a second lithium-ion rechargeable battery, effectively doubling the running time of the device. Another optional accessory will be a mini keyboard.

The Linea LX will come with a desktop personal information manager (PIM) and Microsoft Outlook synchronization for email on-the-go.

The size and weight of this handheld are not yet known.

Because it uses Trolltech’s Qtopia platform, the Linea LX should be able to run many applications already written for other handhelds. “Royal’s decision to use Qtopia provides them with not only a robust application layer, but also access to over a thousand existing third-party applications,” said Haavard Nord, Trolltech’s CEO.

The Royal Linea LX was originally supposed to debut before the end of last year. It is now scheduled to ship in the United States this spring and sell for $399.

Royal already makes a line of low-cost PDAs that run a proprietary operating system.

Thanks to Timothy Rapson for the tip.

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