Razor USA and Zayo Technologies have officially announced the Razor Zayo A600 Pocket PC, their first handheld. This is a high-end model with a 400 MHz processor that also offers a slim and light form factor.
The A600 has a 400 MHz Intel PXA250 processor that can display video at 54 frames per second. Its processor can run at full speed when the user is playing games or watching a video, then save power by throttling to a lower speed when the user is doing word processing or other less-demanding tasks.
The A600 has 64 MB of RAM and 32 MB of Flash ROM. It’s screen is 320 by 240 pixels, 3.5 inches, and can display 16-bit color.
This handheld is 4.9 by 2.9 by .5 inches and weighs 4.9 ounces. It has a jog dial, application buttons that light up when pushed, and a D-pad that doubles as a speaker. It has a built-in SD/MMC slot and there is an optional sleeve to attach a CompactFlash slot.
According to Zayo, the A600’s rechargeable, lithium polymer battery provides up to 12 hours of use. With the addition of an optional battery bank, its battery life can be extended to more than 20 hours.
The A600 sells for $550. An executive version, which comes with a portable cradle with CF slot, a built-in second battery, a CF to PC card adaptor, and a desk stand and stylus sells for $650.
The A600 is going to face some serious competition. Both ViewSonic and Toshiba have announced Pocket PC models with approximately the same features except for slower processors and both of these will sell for $350 or less.
Razor USA is the maker of the Razor scooter, which was such a hit during the Christmas of 2000.