Sony Clie UX40 Available

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The PEG-UX40 is now available from both SonyStyle and a number of other online retailers.

Clie PEG-UX40 This high-end handheld offers a high-resolution screen, a large keyboard, Bluetooth, and a camera. It uses a clamshell design and runs Palm OS 5.2. It has 16 MB of RAM and 29 MB of additional internal storage.

Numerous web stores say that they have the UX40 in stock. However, it doesn’t appear to be in very many local stores yet.

A few retailers are offering this device at its full suggested price of $599. However, Shopper.com shows that quite a few are selling it for less, and one has this handheld for under $520.

An Overview of the UX40

The UX40 has integrated Bluetooth wireless networking capabilities. It comes with Sony’s suite of Internet applications, including Clie Mail as well as the NetFront v3.0 for Clie web browser.

It’s sister model, the PEG-UX50, is essentially the same as this one, except that it offers Wi-Fi. In addition, the casing around the screen is lighter on the UX40, while the plastic around the keyboard is darker. The UX50 has been available for several weeks.

These models use Palm OS version 5.2 and run on what Sony calls its Handheld Engine. The Handheld Engine consists of a Sony-made ARM926-based processor, a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), and a CXD2230GA graphics accelerator chip. Sony says this has been optimized for handheld devices, focusing on battery life and speed, and it will allow Movie Player to play video at 30 fps. The exact frequency of the processor varies between 8 MHz and 123 MHz, depending on the demand being placed on it.

Both the UX50 and UX40 have 16 MB of RAM available to the user. In addition, they have 29 MB of Storage that works like a built-in Memory Stick. This can be used to store applications and MPEGs, JPEGs, MP3, Microsoft Office documents and other files that the Palm OS won’t allow to be stored in RAM. They will also offer 16 MB of space to back up the contents of RAM.

Their Magnesium-alloy bodies measure 4 inches by 3.4 inches by .7 inches (103mm x 86.5mm x 17.9mm) and weigh 6.2 ounces (175 grams). Like its NX series, the UX50 and UX40 have a “twist and flip” screen. This allows the handheld to be used like a mini-laptop, with the keyboard below the screen, or the screen can be flipped around and closed down over the keyboard. In this configuration, they can be used like a traditional handheld.

They sport a 480×320 pixel, 16-bit color, landscape-oriented display. The screen will always stay in the landscape orientation. It doesn’t switch to portrait mode when the device is being used with the keyboard folded inside. The virtual Graffiti area has been modified so that it can be used with the handheld held horizontally. It can be on either the right or left side, as the user chooses.

While their display is the same resolution as the one used in the NX series of handhelds, Sony has reduced the physical size of the screen to 3.2 inches when measured diagonally, while the NX series’ screens are 3.8 inches.

The UX50 and UX40 also include a built-in .3 megapixel digital camera that can take both still images and video.

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