Toshiba announces Pocket PC e330 Series

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Today, Toshiba introduced the Pocket PC e330 Series, an updated version of its e310 Pocket PC. The e330 Series is made up of the e330, which the company is targeting at the enterprise market, and the e335, which is targeted for the consumer market.

Both models have the exact same styling as the e310 and include a 320 by 240 16-bit TFT color screen made by NEC, a 300 MHz Intel PXA250 XScale processor, 64 MB of RAM, a 1000mAh battery, and an SD slot. They use a MediaQ Graphics Controller with 256KB internal video memory to improve video processing. Apparently, the primary difference between the e330 and the e335 is what software is bundled with them. However, details are still sketchy and it is not yet known exactly how the software is different.

According to Toshiba, the e335 will be sold through computer superstores, consumer electronic stores and mass merchandisers. The e330 is available directly from Toshiba’s online store and through Toshiba’s traditional distribution channels, VARs, and mail order partners. The e335 will cost $350 after a $50 mail-in rebate, while the e330 will cost $350.

These models will meet a great deal of competition in their price range. ViewSonic will begin selling the V35 for $300 at the beginning of next month with approximately the same features. Also, Dell is expected to announce at November’s Comdex a line of Pocket PCs, one of which is rumored to be just $200.

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