Sharp Zaurus SL-5600 Available Soon

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The Sharp Zaurus SL-5600 has officially been announced and several online retailers are taking preorders. This updated version of the SL-5500 offers more memory and a newer processor.

SL-5600 Like the rest of the Zaurus line, the SL-5600 runs a version of the Linux operating system. The SL-5600 uses a 400MHz Intel XScale processor, while the previous model uses a 206 MHz StrongARM.

It has 32 MB of RAM plus 64 MB of ROM. Part of this ROM is taken up by the operating system but the rest is available for the user to store files and applications. Items stored in ROM won’t be erased if the device has to be hard reset.

Its 240 by 320 pixel screen is a reflective TFT LCD. It is 3.5 inches and can display 65,000 colors.

Like its predecessor, the SL-5600 has a bottom piece that slides to expose a small keyboard. It also has a CompactFlash slot and a SD/MMC slot. Socket Communications and Sharp recently announced a partnership to ensure that Socket’s CompactFlash plug-in accessories are compatible with Zaurus handhelds. A listing of compatible cards and drivers is available on Socket’s website.

It includes a 1700 mA Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery that is removable. It also has a speaker and microphone with a stereo headphone jack.

It has a suite of PIM applications, plus an email app, Hancom Office, and Opera 6. It comes with Intellisync for Zaurus, which allows it to synchronize with Microsoft Outlook and the Palm Desktop.

The SL-5600 sells for $500. Retailers report that it should be in-stock by the end of this month.

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