NX70V Price Drop May Be a Sign of Things to Come

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With rumors of new Sony models circulating, many people are looking for evidence that will confirm them. One of the surest signs that New Handhelds are on the way is price drops in current models.

NX70V with Case That’s why many are taking it as significant that Sony has dropped the price of the PEG-NX70V on its official store, SonyStyle. When the company first began selling this model, it cost $600. That price has now dropped to $500.

Curiously, the price of its sister model, the NX60, has not dropped. Therefore the two models cost the same, despite the NX70V offering a built-in digital camera, which the NX60 does not.

In addition, both models now come with a leather carrying case.

Update

SonyStyle has bumped the price for the NX70V back up to $600. In addition to the leather carrying case, for this price it also comes with a 64 MB Memory Stick.

The NX60 is still $500 and comes with the case but not the Memory Stick.

Rumors

According to one rumor, the next high-end Clie model will be a speed-bumped version of the NX70V. It will offer a 300 MHz processor, a 1 megapixel camera, and built-in Bluetooth. Of course, it will use Palm OS 5. One version of this rumor says the device will have 32 MB of RAM. Another says it will have 16 MB, all of which will be available to the user.

Another rumor says Sony is developing a model with an internal 5 GB harddrive that can act as a digital video recorder.

About the NX Series

Both the NX70V and NX60 run Palm OS 5 on a 200 MHz Intel XScale processor. They have 11 MB of memory available to the users. They also have a slot that will allow an 802.11 wireless networking card to be plugged in.

The NX series uses the clamshell design Sony first used with the NR series. Each has a 320 by 480 pixel screen and an integrated keyboard.

These handhelds were first announced in October of last year. With Sony’s aggressive release schedule, that makes these fairly old models by its standard.

Thanks to edupalm.org for the tip.

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