RumorMill™: Additional Info on Upcoming Sony Models

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Earlier this week, Sony demonstrated at a tradeshow in Japan a new entry-level handheld. However, the device wasn’t formally announced and details were still sketchy. Now, several sources give what is supposedly additional information about this device.

According to ClieSource, Sony is actually planning to launch two new models, the PEG-TJ35 and PEG-TJ25. These will replace the company’s current models, the PEG-SJ33 and PEG-SJ22, which have seen lackluster demand.

In addition, PriceGrabber.com has listings which reveal more information about both of these upcoming models

The new TJ series will be tablet devices with 320-by-320 pixel screens. Sony has moved the Jog Dial from the side onto the front and it now takes the place of the Up/Down buttons. There will also be Left/Right buttons to either side of the Jog Dial.

Both these models will run Palm OS 5.2. Supposedly, the TJ35 will have 32 MB of RAM, making it the first Sony model to have more than 16 MB. The SJ25 will have only 16 MB of RAM.

The TJ series will be the first Sony models to include the Motorola i.MXL processor, which will run at 200 MHz. Previous Sony handhelds with Palm OS 5 have used Intel XScale processors or, in the case of the UX series, the company’s own Handheld Engine.

Reportedly, the TJ35 will have an audio jack and be able to play MP3s, while the TJ25 will not. The TJ35 will also come with Piscel Viewer for looking at documents in various formats and the Decuma text-entry system.

Among the few facts definitely known about these models are that they will be .47 inches thick (11.9 mm) and will come in various colors.

According to the information given to ClieSource, the TJ series will be released in Japan next month. It is not yet known when these models will be available in other countries.

Sony says the TJ25 will cost 20,000 Yen in Japan, which is the equivalent of $170 US. While it is unlikely the device will be this exact price in the United States, the Japanese price is a good indication of about what it will cost. Even the Japanese price for the TJ35 has not been announced, though it will certainly be a bit more than the SJ25.

Competition among devices costing around $200 is becoming intense. These new Sony models will have to take on the recently-introduced iPAQ h1935. In addition, Palm is rumored to have a model coming at this same price.

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