Last fall, Sharp introduced the Zaurus SL-C3000, which was one of the very first handhelds to have a built-in hard drive. Now, the company has announced a slightly updated version of this model.
Like its predecessor, the Zaurus SL-C3100 will include a 1-inch hard drive that can hold 4 GB of data.
Both models use a clamshell design with a 3.7-inch, 640-by-480-pixel (VGA) screen on one side and a keyboard on the other. In addition, their screens can rotate and then be closed down over the keyboard.
The only significant internal difference is the inclusion of 128 MB of Flash ROM, while its predecessor has just 16 MB. This can be used to store additional files and applications, but then so can the 4 GB hard drive.
Both models have a CompactFlash slot and an SD slot, but no built-in wireless networking at all.
When closed, this Zaurus will be 4.9 inches wide, 3.4 inches tall, and 1.0 inch thick (124 mm by 87 mm by 25 mm), making it the same size its predecessors. It will weigh 10.5 ounces (298 g).
Sharp will release the Zaurus SL-C3100 in Japan on June 24. It has not yet announced a price.
Although none of the clamshell Zauruses have been released in the United States, companies like Dynamism buy them in Japan, convert them to English, and re-sell them in this country.