PDA News – Digital Media Player With Cell Phone, 6GB CompactFlash Card?, Nagel Dismisses Sony’s Interest in Buying PalmSource

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BenQ is prepping 10GB and 20GB audio/video devices with integrated cell phone

This is pretty cool. BenQ plans on releasing one of the first devices on the Microsoft media To Go operating system. It’s the first I’ve heard of that will also bring to the table an integrated cell phone. This integration is interesting, but so is the price. The 10GB model will retail for $399 and the 20GB for $499. Given the functionality and price, I’m a little concerned about the quality of the screen. We’ll just have to wait and see though. News.com has more –

“Movie playback is one of our major targets with this device,” said Rick Lei, general manager of sales at Benq, which spun off from computer giant Acer a year ago to concentrate on high-tech consumer products.

The device will sport Microsoft’s as-yet-unreleased Media To Go operating system. The OS is designed for multimedia on mobile devices, said Lei, and is a good fit for Benq’s upcoming product.

He added that their engineers in Taiwan are working with Microsoft to ensure that the device can play stored music, photos and movies, compressed in formats such as MPEG-4. More…

Pretec is rumored to be planning an announcement at CeBit to one up Lexar’s 4GB card

From what I can gather from French site SorobanGeeks.com, Pretec plans on one-upping Lexar at CeBit next week. If you missed it, Lexar confirmed plans to release 2GB and 4GB CF cards last week. A 6GB card will be ungodly expensive, but the good news is higher capacity card will put downward pricing pressure on smaller ones. Given SD’s limited Storage options, true multimedia fans will definitely want a CF slot in their next PDA.

PalmSource CEO David Nagel called Sony’s interest in buying PalmSource old news

Sony, who already ownes 6% of PalmSource, gained a lot of attention earlier in the week when their CEO openly said they are interested in buying out the Palm OS software unit. In an interview with internetnews.com, Nagel had this to say:

Q: What about the news that Sony chairman and CEO, Nobuyuki Idei is interested in acquiring Palm’s software division if it were for sale? Would you sell PalmSource to Sony?

I think that is old news. He said the same thing at the World Economic Forum in Davos back in January. We can’t comment on those kinds of rumors. To be honest, I was mostly amused by his candor as the head of a major corporation.

The rest of the interview is available here.



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