Sony Announces TG50 and SJ22 in the U.S.

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After debuting both these models in Asia over the past several days, Sony has just officially announced the PEG-TG50 and PEG-SJ22 in the United States. It has also introduced a pair of new colors for the PEG-SJ33.

TG50

TG50 The TG50 runs Palm OS 5 on a 200 MHz XScale processor. It has 16 MB of RAM.

It uses a 320 by 320 pixel, 16-bit color screen. Because it has an integrated keyboard, it doesn’t have a dedicated Graffiti area. However, Graffiti can be entered with an on-screen virtual Graffiti area.

It has built-in Bluetooth wireless networking, which allows it to connect to a mobile phone to access the Internet or HotSync with a Bluetooth-enabled computer.

The TG50 includes a voice recorder and an audio player. It also has a Memory Stick slot, which Sony says is compatible with the new Memory Stick PRO format.

Its casing is 5.0 by 2.8 inches. It is .6 inches thick with its integrated flipcover closed, or .5 inches with it open. It weighs 6.5 ounces.

It costs $400, SonyStyle is now taking pre-orders for the TG50, and it will be available in stores later this month.

A review of the TG50, done by Brighthand’s Editor-in-Chief, is already available.

SJ22

SJ22 The SJ22 is the replacement for the now-discontinued SJ20. runs Palm OS 4.1 and has 16 MB of memory. Its processor is a 33 MHz Dragonball VZ.

The major improvement in this model over its predecessor is that this one sports a color screen. The SJ20 had a monochrome one. The SJ22’s is a 320 by 320 pixel LCD capable of displaying 65,536 colors.

Other than the screen, this model is quite similar to the SJ20, including using almost the same casing. Both are the exact same size, 4.0 by 2.8 by .66 inches. In fact, the SJ22 bears an even greater resemblance to the also discontinued SJ30, which was the first member of the SJ series to have a color screen. Both even weight the exact same, 4.9 ounces.

The major significance of this device appears to be its price, $200. This is the same price Sony debuted the monochrome SJ20 for and is less than the SJ30 sold for.

Like all Sony handhelds, the SJ22 includes a Jog Dial and a Memory Stick slot. It has a built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery which Sony says will last for about 6 hours of intermittent use.

Unlike the recently announced SJ33, it can’t play MP3 files. A clip-on attachment (sold separately) can add the necessary hardware, though. It comes with Kinoma Player 1.1 for playing videos.

Naturally, the SJ22 includes the standard Palm OS built-in applications, like Address Book, Date Book, etc. The SJ22 also comes with the usual set of Sony applications, like Clie Viewer, PhotoStand, and more.

SonyStyle is now taking preorders for this device.

A review of the SJ22 will be available in the near future.

SJ33 Limited Edition

SJ33 in Orange Sony is now offering the SJ33 in iridescent orange and blue. Previously, this device was only available in basic black.

It runs Palm OS 4.1 on a 66 MHz Dragonball processor and a built-in audio player capable of playing both MP3s and ATRAC3s. It has 16M RAM.

It has a 320 by 320 pixel, TFT screen that is 3 inches when measured diagonally.

The SJ33 has a Memory Stick slot. However, it is not able to use ones in the Memory Stick PRO format.

The blue and orange models cost the same as the black one: $300. They will be available only from SonyStyle.

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