Taiwan-based MiTAC has been granted permission by the FCC to release its new Pocket PC, which includes integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, in the U.S.
The Mio558 runs Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs on a 400 MHz PXA263 Intel XScale processor. It has 64 MB of RAM, though it isn’t known how much of this is user accessible. It includes a 64 MB Flash ROM.
This handheld has a 3.5 inch 16-bit color screen. It has two memory card slots: CompactFlash Type II and SD/MMC. The second slot is SDIO compatible.
MiTAC needed approval from the Federal Communications Commission for this handheld because it sports both Bluetooth and 802.11b wireless networking. This will make it a direct competitor of Hewlett Packard’s iPAQ h5550 and an upcoming model from Dell, which also have both of these.
The Mio558 is 4.9 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and .6 inches thick. It weighs 6 ounces. It has a swappable battery that MiTAC says will last for 10 hours if neither of the wireless networking options are being used.
There is no definite word yet on when this device will be available in the U.S. or what it will cost. However, MiTAC announced last week it will be offering this model in Taiwan later this month. At that time, the company said the Mio558 will cost NT$16,800, about US$495. While this doesn’t mean this handheld will be available here at that same time and price, it is an indication of what the release date and price might be.
Possibly the Mio339, Too
When MiTAC announced the Mio558 it also announced the Mio339. If the company is going to offer the first model in the U.S., it’s possible the second one will be released here, too.
The Mio339 also runs Microsoft’s PocketPC 2003 operating system. It has a 400 MHz XScale processor and 32 MB of user-accessible RAM out of 64 MB
It includes a built-in 300k pixel CMOS camera with a flash. This means it will be able to take pictures with a maximum resolution of 640 by 480 pixels.
This model has a 3.5 inch, 16-bit color, transflective LCD at the standard 240 by 320 pixels. It has an SD/MMC slot that’s SDIO compatible.
This model is is 4.9 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and .6 inches thick. It weighs about 6 ounces. It has a swappable 900 mAh Lithium-ion battery that MiTAC says will last for 9.5 hours of use if the camera isn’t being used.
The Mio339 will sell in Taiwan for NT$10,900, about US$260. Again, this is only an indication of what it might cost in the U.S., if it’s released here.