PDA News – Loox rumors, SDIO video-out, Palm rumors & price cuts.

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Reports: Loox phone details, new handhelds

A report from Dutch site PocketInfo.nl claims that Fujitsu-Siemens’ new PocketPC phones, the T810 and T830, will be launched on February 13th at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona.

Both devices are expected to feature 240 x 240 screens, Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11g WiFi, GSM/UMTS, thumb keyboards, 416 MHz processors, 64 MB RAM, 128 MB flash, and SiRF Star III GPS receivers. The T830 will also have a 2 MP digital camera for photos and video.


More information coming through Brighthand talks about the upcoming Loox N and C series of traditional handhelds. The C550 have a 3.5″ VGA screen, 520 MHz processor, Bluetooth, and WiFi. The N560 includes VGA, GPS, BT, WiFi, 624 MHz processor, and 256 MB flash. The devices are expected to make their debut some time in Febuary or March.



Video out card for SDIO slots?

Knock on wood, because there have been more SDIO vaporware peripherals than I can count. But Spectec says that they intend to release a video output card designed for SDIO slots. The card supports video out via composite (RCA) or S-Video, in VGA resolution. The catch, of course, is that to hold the connectors, the card needs a bulky box attached to it via cable, with rather ruins the idea of a sleek SDIO only device. I’ll stick with my Axim’s built-in VGA out, thanks.

Also on Spectec’s forthcoming list, a MiniSD WiFi card, and 802.11g SDIO card. Given that 802.11g CF cards have barely made a splash, I wouldn’t go looking for this latter any time soon.



Palm Lifedrive 2 rumor probably false; Palm cuts Lifedrive retail price

A rumor that originated a few days ago on PalmAddicts, suggesting that Palm was planning to release a new Lifedrive model, is probably false. The report–a fourth-hand account from a reader in Slovenia–stated that Palm would release the new Lifedrive in Febuary. Traditionally, Palm has two release cycles: a spring release in April/May, and a fall release around October/November. Although it’s currently a springy 30 degrees above the average temperature here in my corner of the world, Febuary still is a little early for a Palm release.

Meanwhile, though, Palm has cut the retail price of the Lifedrive by $50, making the device $449. This has been taken in many corners as an indication of an upcoming replacement, or possible end-of-life for the Lifedrive. However, Palm has in the past made price drops without replacing the units, and it seems likely given the timing that this is simply an attempt to move more of their stock of LDs, which don’t seem to have been flying off the shelves.



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