RumorMill™: New Axim Models Coming Thursday

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InfoWorld is reporting that Michael Dell intends to unveil this Thursday two new members of the Axim Line of Pocket PCs.

Courtesy of PDA Club The site, quoting “a source familiar with the company’s plans,” said these models will be slimmer than the current Axim X5 series and there will be more configurations available. In addition, the more expensive of the two is expected to have integrated Wi-Fi wireless networking. Unfortunately, InfoWorld‘s source did not know anything else about them.

In July, Pocket PC Italia reported that Dell intends to release this fall a 300 MHz Pocket PC and a 400 MHz one. Supposedly, both will have of 64 MB of RAM and 48 MB of ROM and will run an Intel XScale PXA26x processor. It’s certain these models will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC.

Last month, a source told Brighthand that the upcoming Axim models will have only a single SD/MMC slot. This will support SDIO, which means it will be able to use peripherals designed to plug into the SD slot.

A couple of weeks ago, PDA Club, a site based in Poland, posted what it claims is a picture and some additional details for these handhelds. According to it, both the new Axim models will include a 3.5 inch, 240-by-320 pixel, transflective screen. Each will be 4.6 by 3.0 by 0.6 inches (117 x 76 x 14.8 mm) and weigh 5.3 ounces (150 g).

Despite all these various sources of information, no one has been able to say what these new models will cost. But, considering this is Dell, the prices are likely to be very competitive.

These upcoming members of the Axim line will face competition from a variety of handhelds. For example, HP is rumored to be close to releasing the iPAQ h4155, a light and slim model that offers both Wi-Fi. And quite a few multimedia-capable handhelds that cost around $200 are expected to be available soon.

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