Last week bargainPDA.com was the first to report on the rumor of a new PDA offering from Sony, today Sony has confirmed the release of the SL10 at a price of $149.99 to fill the low end PDA market niche.
The SL10 will replace the S360 current low-end monochrome device. The SL10 has improved screen resolution, 320×320, over the S360 and it will also offer a USB connector on the PDA that should provide for such things as charging and HotSync. Those are both smart options, but the fact they have reduced the memory to 8MB on the SL10 from 16MB on the S360 is somewhat strange, and the SL10 will use AAA batteries and not an internal rechargeable Lithium-Ion.
SonyStyle.com has the following announcement on their site (SonyStyle):
Introducing the new PEG-SL10 CLI handheld — so many unique Sony features in a new compact design, for the amazingly low price of only $149.99! The new Palm-Powered PEG-SL10 CLI handheld provides everything you need to stay organized and entertained. Compact and lightweight, you can take your CLI handheld wherever you go. High-resolution screen shows images and documents in fine detail. In addition to the 8 MB internal memory*, the Memory Stick media expansion slot offers virtually unlimited Storage capability for all your favorite applications. Need to get some work done on the road? You can view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel files on the handheld with Documents To Go Standard Edition (Data Viz, Inc.). Plus, the unique Jog Dial navigator provides easy access to most of your stored information.
* 7 MB available. Memory Stick media sold separately.
Palm OS software v. 4.11
High-resolution monochrome display (320 x 320) pixels
8 MB internal memory (7 MB available)
View and edit Microsoft Word and Excel files2
Memory Stick media expansion slot
Jog Dial navigator
Portable USB HotSync cable supplied
Enhanced backlight for better viewability in poor lighting conditions
Downloadable PDF Spec Sheet: