PDA News – A716 slips to Febuary, ResFix 2.0, Clies to use OLED

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Asus A716 release moved to Febuary

According to Brighthand, the U.S. release date for the Asus A716 PocketPC has slipped to sometime in Febuary. Brighthand attributes an unnamed spokesperson for Asus reseller PROportable as saying that the delay is due to the A716 having yet to complete its FCC approval. The A716 was originally expected to hit the U.S. in January. FCC Approval is required for any device designed to transmit via radio–including wireless networking–before it is sold in the U.S.


ResFix version 2.0 available; adds landscape

Toshiba e800 users rejoyce, the second edition of the popular VGA hack ResFix is available, and it now supports landscape mode. After taking a few looks at the developer’s site and the review by BostonPocketPC, I am drooling. The software is now also payware, priced at $10.




New Sony Clies to use OLED display tech

An article in the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri states that Sony will release at least one model of Clie featuring an OLED display next Sping.

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. In English, OLED displays are made up of elements that glow when power is applied to them. Since the elements themselves glow, this means that there is no need for a backlight, decreasing power use and decreasing thickness. To boot, they are also supposed to be cheaper, faster, and more durable than traditional LCDs, and the elements can be more tightly packed for greater resolution.

The catch? You had to know that there was one. OLED screens have no intrinsic reflective properties, so unless Sony or someone else comes up with something clever, the new OLED Clies will be back to the days of squinting and shading when in the sun. Early OLED technology also had problems with the screens degrading after a couple of years, and as with any new technology there is the potential for a lot of issues to occur. Still, this is a significant step forward in displays, and if Sony manages to pull it off you can bet that other manufacturers will be follwing them–particularly PocketPC manufacturers, since with VGA support coming to PocketPCs in 2004 they will be jumping on the ability to build a VGA device without making it enormous.



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