Sony Clie PEG-TG50 Gains FCC Approval – Here Comes Bluetooth! (picture)

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Is it time to put my Tungsten T on eBay? Sony’s follow-up to the popular T665 will integrate Bluetooth as we expected. Notice the graffiti area is gone and they’ve integrated a Treo-esque keyboard.

The graffiti pad that resides under the main screen of many Palm OS devices is gone on the new model leaving a screen that is roughly square. The row of application buttons that usually sits under the graffiti pad, such as on the new SJ33, has been moved up to remain under the now shorter screen and underneath these buttons is a Qwerty keyboard.

Sony has released several Clie PDAs with keyboards, however this is the first device to feature the screen and keyboard together on the same slab. Previous keyboard-equipped models have been clamshell devices with the keyboard on one half of the device and the screen on the other. The new device also has a fold-down hard cover to protect the screen and keyboard, according to the FCC document. – PCWorld

This news is actually quite odd, given the fact that Handspring just canned the Treo 90. Of course the Sony will be better and the Bluetooth is a nice feature, I’m just not sure the keypad works here. Expect to see some serious price cuts on the Clie T665. It’s down under $300 now at a few retailers.

Thanks to an anon post, we now have a picture. I’ve been trying to snag the document from the FCC site, but their eDocs section keeps dying. If any of you get it, send it to me via email.

Brian

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