Sony has dropped the price of its high-end NX series handhelds by $100 on SonyStyle, its official store. This brings the price of the NX70V to $500 and the NX60 to $400. In addition, both models now come with a leather carrying case.
Curiously, the NX60 now appears on Sony’s list of discontinued handhelds, despite the fact that Sony is still taking orders for it. The company doesn’t usually discontinue handhelds until it has sold out of its remaining inventory of them.
This has sparked fresh speculation that the electronics giant is about to release replacement models. Rumors have been circulating for months that Sony is preparing upgraded versions of the NX series with a faster processor and possibly more RAM. The NX series was released near the end of last year, giving it an unusually long product lifespan for Sony.
According to one rumor, the next high-end Clie model will be a speed-bumped version of the NX70V. It will offer a 300 MHz processor, a 1 megapixel camera, and built-in Bluetooth. Of course, it will use Palm OS 5. One version of this rumor says the device will have 32 MB of RAM. Another says it will have 16 MB, all of which will be available to the user.
Another rumor says Sony is developing a model with an internal 5 GB hard drive that can act as a digital video recorder.
About the NX Series
Both the NX70V and NX60 run Palm OS 5 on a 200 MHz Intel XScale processor. They have 11 MB of memory available to the users. They also have a slot that will allow an 802.11 wireless networking card to be plugged in.
The NX series uses the clamshell design Sony first used with the NR series. Each has a 320 by 480 pixel screen and an integrated keyboard.
These handhelds were first announced in October of last year. With Sony’s aggressive release schedule, that makes these fairly old models by its standard.