According to an article in The Register, the Zaurus SL-5500 linux PDA has been discontinued in Europe, and there won’t be any SL-5600s hitting the shelves in Europe. This is as yet unconfirmed by any press release, but threads on the Zaurus Developer Forums seem to confirm the news and there’s also some discussion on the Zaurus news groups such as tnn.sys.zaurus.
It isn’t so surprising that Sharp would drop the SL-5600. Sharp has released ROM upgrades for the 5500 which bring that device almost up to 5600 standard for current users (with the exception of the hardware changes like the extended battery life), and there has been plenty of criticism of the 5600 for being not enough of a step forward, not to mention the fact that it uses the “flawed” XScale PXA250 chip.
What is not clear at this point is whether Sharp intends to release the more impressive CL-700 series which have 640×480 pixel transreflective screens and were previewed here on bargainPDA a while ago. If they are going to release the 700 series in Europe, maybe dropping the 5500 and 5600 is a smart move. Hopefully this – being smart – is exactly what
they’re up to.
Zaurus 700 series PDAs Announced in May
Newly Announced Sony Clie-UX50…See any similarities between the Sharp 700 and this?
Sharp just announced two additions to the Linux-based Zaurus line, based on the PXA255 XScale processor. Both the SL-C750 and SL-C760, which are initially only slated for release in Japan, have a clamshell form factor reminiscent of the Psion NetBook; this design has had a mixed history and is relatively uncommon now. With the line between laptop, notebook and PDA blurring though, maybe the time is right…
Sony is waiting until tomorrow to announce this device in the US, but the Clie UX-50 is showing up on their Japanese site already. The spec sheet and pictures will have many of you salivating, mini-laptop anyone?