Dell responds to Axim rumors
Following a week of rumors and speculation about Dell possibly getting out of the handheld market, the company has issued a formal statement to BargainPDA:
Customers and enthusiasts continue to appreciate the Axim X51 family and it is available today on www.dell.com. Consistent with our policies I cannot comment on future products or roadmaps.
While not exactly reassuring, this doesn’t say much of anything one way or the other. That’s hardly new ground for public relations. We’ll still have to wait and see what happens with Dell, but I think that this rumor has been exaggerated out of proportion to its probability.
Microsoft, Intel push “ultra mobile” PCs
Industry giants Microsoft and Intel are both pushing the idea of more portable PCs today. At a mobile platform conference, Microsoft’s divisional Vice President described a vision for the next class of mobile device. From Engadget:
…wearable, always on, no larger than 10-inches, connected through 3G networks, pen-based, and have a suggested retail price of $500 or less.
Moving right past the problem of building a mini-PC for under $500, when current models are four or five times that price, or the fact that a 10-inch device is not what I could consider either “wearable” or “ultra mobile,” I have to ask a question: is it just me, or has Microsoft spent a huge amount of time and money pushing every half-baked product they come up with, but not one dime on their existing PocketPC platform? Air panels, smartphones, tablet PCs, and now minitablets, but they can’t be bothered to promote the product that’s already ultra-mobile, along the lines they’re describing, and well under $500.
Meanwhile, Intel is trumpeting the impending release of their entry in the micro-tablet market, which is supposed to include GPS and WAN capabilities, the latter probably in the form of EVDO or UMTS/HSDPA.
Fujitsu posts Loox C550
From across the pond, we have the new Fujitsu Siemens Loox C550 model, now officially posted on the company’s site. The C550 features a 3.5″ VGA screen, Bluetooth, 802.11g WiFi, Windows Mobile 5.0, SDIO, 520 MHz processor, 128 MB flash, 64 MB RAM, and a 1200 milliamp-hour battery. Estimated price is around 400 (US$700).