Sharp Zaurus Linux PDA Continues to Live with New SL-C3100

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The Sharp Zaurus line gets an update refresh with the release off the SL-C3100, an update to the SL-C3000 (Zaurus SL-C3000 Review) that has a built-in 4GB hard drive (aka, the PDA the Palm LifeDrive copied).

The SL-C3100 will not add much new, just a boost to the built-in Flash ROM, which goes from 64MB up to 128MB.  Then Sharp is also adding in more software and tools, but most of that is in the form of updated Japanese-English dictionary software.  So this is a minor update for sure, and certainly targeted at the Japanese audience.  But at least it indicates Sharp continues to invest in the Linux platform.

Sharp Zaurus SL-C3100 Specs

  • XScale PXA270 CPU at 416MHz
  • 640×480 transreflective touch screen, 3.7″ diagonal, backlit
  • 4 GB internal hard drive (3.6 GB formatted, 2.9 GB available as shipped)
  • 128 MB SDRAM (for running applications)
  • 16 MB Internal Flash (for Storage of OS [?])
  • USB host capability, albeit not well supported
  • Weight 298g, Size 128x87x24 mm
  • Compact Flash (CF-II) and Secure Digital (SD) expansion slots
  • Infra-Red port
  • 3.5mm stereo audio out, plus small built-in speaker
  • Landscape/Clamshell or portrait style, hot-switchable
  • Full QWERTY keyboard with bonus Japanese characters
  • Operating System: Linux kernel 2.4.20 from Lineo
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI): Qtopia 1.5.4 from Trolltech
  • Suite of Personal Information Management (PIM) applications
  • Hancom Mobile Office
  • Broad compatibility with established Sharp Zaurus software base
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