Sony Releases the Low-Cost TJ Series

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Sony is revamping its low-cost handheld offerings by launching the PEG-TJ35 and PEG-TJ25.

PEG-TJ35 These are tablet devices with 320-by-320 pixel screens. Sony has moved the Jog Dial from the side onto the front and it now takes the place of the Up/Down buttons. There are also Left/Right buttons to either side of the Jog Dial.

Both these models run Palm OS 5.2, making them the first low-cost Sony handhelds with this version of the operating system. The SJ series models that Sony introduced last spring ran Palm OS 4.2.

The TJ series are also the first Sony models to include the Motorola i.MXL processor, which runs at 200 MHz. Previous Sony handhelds with Palm OS 5 used Intel XScale processors or, in the case of the UX series, the company’s own Handheld Engine.

The TJ35 has 32 MB of RAM, making it the first Sony model to have more than 16 MB. However, only 23 MB of this is available to the user. The SJ25 will have only 16 MB of RAM, of which 11 MB is user accessible.

The TJ35 will have an audio jack and be able to play MP3s, while the TJ25 will not. The TJ35 will also come with Piscel Viewer for looking at documents in various formats and the Decuma text-entry system.

Both have a slot capable of using any of the forms of Memory Stick, including the newer Memory Stick Pro. They also have the Sony-standard HotSync port, allowing them to use a number of accessories already on the market.

The TJ series is 4.4 inches tall, 3.0 inches wide, and .47 inches wide. They weigh 4.9 ounces.

The PEG-TJ35 is selling for $249, and SonyStyle is offering a $30 mail-in rebate, bringing the price down to $220. The PEG-TJ25 costs $200, and SonyStyle is offering a $20 for this model, making it $179. These can be ordered now from SonyStyle.

Competition among devices costing around $200 is becoming intense. These new Sony models will have to take on the recently-introduced Tungsten E and iPAQ h1935. In addition, one of the version of Dell’s upcoming Axim X3 Series is expected cost about $200.

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