The good news is Hitachi’s new Pocket PC has an impressive feature set that includes just about everything one could want in a high-end handheld.
The bad news is the FLORA-ie MX1 has been announced only in Japan.
This isn’t the first Pocket PC to have a 4-inch VGA screen, but it is the first VGA Pocket PC to also include a mini keyboard.
The design of the FLORA-ie MX1 is virtually identical to that of Sharp’s tablet Zaurus models, but this one runs Windows Mobile 2003 SE, not Linux.
In fact, the Hitachi model so closely resembles the Zaurus SL-6000 series that it’s possible that Hitachi simply came up with a version of Windows Mobile that would run on Sharp’s hardware.
Under the hood, it has 400 MHz XScale processor and 128 MB of RAM.
It is not known if there are any plans to release this model outside of Japan.
More information on the FLORA-ie MX1 is available on the Hitachi web site (Japanese).