Sony has dropped the price of two of its recent NX series models and discontinued another, fueling speculation that the company will soon announce replacements.
The Clie NX80V is now selling on SonyStyle, the company’s official store, for $550. This model debuted in early summer at $600. The NX73V, which was released at the same time for $500, is now selling for $450.
In addition, the NX70V, which Sony released almost a year ago, has been removed from the SonyStyle site and has presumably been discontinued.
It’s possible that the company is preparing to release a new model in this series. The company typically drops prices on current handhelds a bit before releasing replacements to clear out its inventory.
However, at this point there haven’t been any rumors about a new device in the NX series.Sony recently released the UX series, and its possible that these will be the company’s only new high-end models for this season.
More About the NX Series
The PEG-NX80V runs Palm OS 5.0 on a 200MHz Intel XScale processor. It has 32 megabytes of RAM. However, only 16 MB of this is available to the user.
Like the current NX series models, the NX80V has slots for both Memory Stick and CompactFlash cards. A significant improvement in this model is the CF slot. It can be retracted into the body of the handheld when a card is not inserted and, even better, can now be used for CF memory cards in addition to Sony’s Wi-Fi wireless networking card. However, not all the built-in applications can access a CF memory card.
This new model includes a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera capable of capturing images up to 1280×960 pixels. It also has what Sony calls a “capture light”, not a flash, allowing pictures to be taken in low light.
In addition, it offers a 3.8″ color display at 320 by 480 pixels, a built-in keyboard, a voice recorder, an MP3 player, and improved battery life.
The NX80V is 2.8 inches wide, 5.2 inches tall, .86 inches thick, and approximately 8 ounces.
The NX73V is quite similar to the NX80V but it offers a lower-resolution camera and less RAM.