Sharp Unveils Zaurus Models with 4-Inch VGA Screens

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Confirming a rumor from last month, Sharp has officially announced the Zaurus SL-6000 series. This will include three models, two of which will have built-in Wi-Fi and one with Bluetooth. All will have a built-in keyboard and a VGA screen.

The SL-6000 series will have a traditional tablet shape, not a clamshell design like some of Sharp’s other models. The keyboard will be exposed by pulling down on the bottom of the device.

These handhelds will have a 4-inch CG Silicon screen, which has a resolution of 480 by 640 pixels. It can be switched between portrait and landscape modes on the fly.

There will be three models in this series. The SL-6000N will include no wireless networking capabilities. The SL-6000L will have built-in Wi-Fi, while the SL-6000W will have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Sharp’s official announcement of these models is a little light on details but LinuxDevices.com was able to come up with some additional information.

All the models in the SL-6000 series will use a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor and include 64 MB of RAM and 64MB of Flash ROM. Like other handhelds in the Zaurus line, they will run Linux with Trolltech’s Qtopia environment providing the user interface. This comes with a suite of PIM software, plus there are already a good number of third-party applications for this and more are coming every day.Still, there are far less than are available for the Palm OS or Pocket PC.

This entire series will include an SD/MMC slot. There will also be an option “sleeve” that will add a CompactFlash slot. These handhelds will use a rechargeable, swappable 1500 mAh Lithium-polymer battery.

The SL-6000N is expected to be released in Japan on December 10, the SL-6000L will be released on December 24, and the SL-6000W will be released on January 23. Sharp hasn’t said what any of these models will cost. They are expected to be available in the U.S. sometime during the first quarter of 2004.

Thanks to Tom Winkler for the tip.

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