RumorMill™: Toshiba Planning New Pocket PC with Wi-Fi, Large Screen

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Earlier today came word that J&R has a listing for a Toshiba e405, an unannounced mid-range Pocket PC. Now a second model from Toshiba has also been discovered on this retailer’s web store and on Amazon.com. This will be a high-end model with a large screen, Wi-Fi, and dual slots.

According to J&R, the Toshiba e805 will have a 4″ screen, though this will still be at the Pocket PC-standard resolution of 240 by 320 pixels. This will be backed up by ATI’s V100 Video Chipset.

In addition, the e805 will include integrated Wi-Fi, giving it a high-speed wireless connection to the Internet anywhere within range of a Wi-Fi hotspot. Because Wi-Fi tends to require a lot of power, this model includes a 1300mAh, swappable, Lithium-Ion battery.

Amazon.com and J&R say this upcoming handheld will have both a CompactFlash slot and an SD/MMC slot that is compatible with SDIO. This will allow it to use peripherals that connect to the handheld through the SD slot, in addition to memory cards.

Reportedly, this handheld will run Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a 300 MHz Intel Xscale PXA263 processor. It will offer 128 MB of RAM, 32 MB of ROM, and 32 MB of NAND Flash ROM. It is not yet known how much of this will be available to the user.

Surprisingly, J&R says the Toshiba e805 will be 4.9 inches tall, 3.0 inches wide, and 0.4 inches thick (12.4 x 7.6 x 1.0 cm) and weigh 5.1 ounces (145 g). If this is correct, this will be a remarkably small and light handheld, considering all the features it offers.

Unfortunately, neither of the web retailers have a picture of this device, so it isn’t known yet if Toshiba has changed the design it has been using for its handhelds for some time.

According to J&R, Toshiba’s suggested price for the e805 will be $599. J&R is taking pre-orders at $550. It is not yet known when this device will be available.

In addition to Wi-Fi-enabled handhelds already on the market, the e805 will have to compete with the rumored iPAQ h4350 and h4150, which are also supposed to be relatively small handhelds with dual slots and Wi-Fi. In addition, these will have Bluetooth, and one of them will have an integrated thumboard.

Thanks to ASVboy for the tip.

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