Sony Announces TG50 in Japan

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The Sony PEG-TG50 has been officially announced in Japan. So far, this has not been followed by a similar announcement in the U.S.

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

Unlike Sony’s other OS 5 models, the TG50 has a typical tablet shape, not a clamshell shape like the NX series or NZ90. However, it does have a flipcover.

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 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, the site shows a picture of what looks like a way to enter Graffiti on the screen. (See image below.)

Like the NZ90, it has built-in Bluetooth wireless networking. This will allow it to connect to a mobile phone to access the Internet or HotSync with a Bluetooth-enabled computer.

It has an integrated voice recorder and an audio player. It comes with a pair of headphones.

Of course, it has a Memory Stick slot. Sony says this is compatible with the new Memory Stick PRO format.

It uses a rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery, which Sony says will last for 11 days when used for 30 minutes a day. This battery isn’t removable.

On-screen Graffiti input? Naturally, it comes with the standard Palm OS built-in applications, like Address Book, Date Book, etc. The TG50 also comes with the usual set of Sony applications, like Clie Viewer, World Alarm Clock, and more.

In addition, it includes the new PiscelViewer, which can display a wide variety of files in their native formats, including Microsoft Office files. Another important app is the Palm OS version of the Macromedia Flash player, which is only available on Sony models.

It will sell in Japan for 39,800 Yen, or about $340. However, Sony handhelds in Japan are always less expensive than they are in the United States, so it is unlikely this will be the U.S. price. It will be available in Japan on March 15.

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