New Linux-Based Handheld Coming Next Month

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According to, Softfield is preparing a new handheld that will run Linux and will use the Qtopia user interface.

Photo Courtesy of The MX-7 will run a 200 MHz Motorola MX1 ARM-based processor. It will use a version of the Linux operating system with Trolltech’s Qtopia user interface, which is also used by Sharp’s Zaurus line of handhelds. Qtopia comes with a suite of Personal Information Management (PIM) apps, like an address book, calendar, to-do list, and more. The MX-7 will include 64 MB of RAM and 32MB of Flash ROM.

This handheld will have a 320-by-240 pixel TFT screen capable of displaying 16-bit color. Its touch screen will be 3.5 inches when measured diagonally.

The MX-7 will include an SD/MMC slot for memory cards. It will also have a proprietary slot into which a CompactFlash module, camera module, or Bluetooth module can be inserted. These will be sold separately.

Photo Courtesy of It will have stereo headphone jack, plus a built-in mono speaker and microphone allowing the user to make voice recordings.

It will use a 920mAh lithium rechargeable battery but what its battery life will be is not yet known. says the MX-7 will be available in September for $299.

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