Sony has received approval from the FCC to release the PEG-TG50, the first member of T series to include an integrated keyboard. It also has built-in Bluetooth, which is why it needed FCC approval.
At this point, very little is known about this device. Sony has been able to keep the FCC from displaying the documents about it that usually accompany FCC approval.
However, an image of the device is available. It shows that the TG50 has a small keyboard under the screen and no dedicated Graffiti area. However, unlike other Sony models with built-in keyboards, this model doesn’t have a clamshell shape.
The hardware buttons, which appear to be the same as on current T-series models, are located between the screen and the keyboard. The TG50 comes with an integrated flip cover, like the recently announced SJ33.
This won’t be the first Sony device to include Bluetooth. The NZ90, which will be out next month, also has this short-range wireless networking standard.
At this point, nothing else is known about this device, including whether it runs Palm OS 4 or OS 5, how much memory it has, what it will cost, and when it will be available.
A rumor has been circulating that Sony would announce a replacement for the aging T665C at the end of February. This could be that model.
Thanks to Foo Fighter for the tip and Palm Infocenter for the image.