RumorMill™: Toshiba Developing e830

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As the first Pocket PC with a VGA screen, the Toshiba e805 broke new ground for the platform when it was introduced last fall. However, other VGA Pocket PCs are expected to hit the market soon and, if it doesn’t want to get left behind, Toshiba needs to update this model. This appears to be just what the company is planning to do, as an unconfirmed report of its successor emerged today.

According to PocketPCTools.com, the Toshiba e830 will be available this summer. The major difference between it and the e805 will be the inclusion of a next-generation PXA270 XScale processor.

The PXA270 series was just announced earlier this week. Among other improvements, it includes chips with higher clock-speeds than are available in current XScale processors. The one in the e830 is supposedly going to be 520 MHz.

In addition, the upcoming Toshiba model will add Bluetooth short-range wireless networking. The e805 already has Wi-Fi.

Other than these changes, the upcoming model is quite similar to the current one, including its predecessor’s 4-inch VGA screen.

Both models also have the same amount of RAM: 128 MB. In addition, the e805 is supposed to have 64 MB of ROM. The e805 has that same amount, but half of it is devoted to non-volatile Storage for the user. It is not known if this will be true for the e830.

Toshiba e805 PocketPCTools.com‘s source does not say whether the upcoming model will have a CompactFlash slot and an SD/MMC slot, as the e805 does. However, the small change in the model number strongly implies that this e830 is not a major redesign. Therefore, it seems likely that both slots will remain and the upcoming model will be essentially identical to the e805 (see picture at left).

Also not revealed is the operating system, but it is virtually certain this will be Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.

No More e805?

Reportedly, the source for this information is Surcouf.com, a French web retailer, which told a potential customer that the e805 had been discontinued and the site will be getting in no new ones.

Instead, this retailer said that it would have the e830 in stock in July, when it would sell for about 500 Euros (about $600).

Update: It appears the the wholesale price for the e805 in France will be 500 Euros, not the retail price. Nevertheless, the U.S. list price for the e830 will likely be the same as the price of the e805: $600.

The Competition

Last month, ASUS announced the MyPal A730, an upcoming Pocket PC that will be similar to the e805 in many respects. Both will have VGA screens, run 520 MHz PXA270 XScale processors, have two memory card slots, and offer two forms of wireless networking.

The primary difference will be that the A730 will have be physically smaller, if the upcoming Toshiba model proves to be the same size as the current one. The A730 will also use a 3.7-inch display, instead of a 4-inch one like the e830.

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