With the all-important holiday shopping season coming up, just about every handheld maker is expected to announce new models in the near future. Today, online retailer J&R has given the world a “sneak peak” at an upcoming Toshiba Pocket PC.
According to J&R, the Toshiba e405 will run Windows Mobile 2003 on a 300 MHz Intel XScale PXA261 processor. It will have 64 MB of RAM, 16 MB of ROM, and 32 MB of NAND. It is not yet known how much of this will be accessible to the user.
It will have a 3.5″ TFT screen with a 240-by-320 pixel resolution. Whether this is a reflective or transflective screen is not clear.
The e405 will have a single SD/MMC slot which will support SDIO. It will also include a built-in 980mAh Lithium-Ion battery. How long this model’s battery life will be is not yet known.
Reportedly, this upcoming model will be 4.9 inches tall, 3.0 inches wide, and 0.4 inches thick (12.4 x 7.6 x 1.0 cm). It will weigh 5.1 ounces (145 g).
The web store has a fairly complete description of this device, but it doesn’t have a picture. Therefore, it isn’t known if Toshiba has redesigned the look of its Pocket PCs, or if this model will resemble the e355 and e755.
According to J&R, Toshiba’s suggested price for the e405 is $299. However, J&R is taking pre-orders at $280. At this price, the e405 will face intense competition from HP’s new iPAQ h1930 which costs $200 and Dell’s rumored Axim X3. It will also have to compete with Toshiba’s own e355, which is available for $250.
J&R didn’t reveal when the e405 would be available, only saying it is “coming soon.”
Update: Amazon.com also has a listing for the Toshiba e405, which confirms most of this information.
It isn’t unusual for an online retailer to accidentally post the details of an unannounced handheld on their web site. The information leaked in this way is generally fairly accurate, with occasional errors.