Toshiba, who has come under fire for hardware problems with their latest efforts, has officially announced their new line of PDAs with the 800 series featuring a 4″ screen and integrated WiFi. They are available now from Toshiba’s site. The 400 series retails for $299 and the 800 series is $599.
Toshiba e400 / e405 Specs:
|Description:||More than just a simple data device, the Pocket PC e400 Series features smart hands-free applications including text-to-speech and voice commands to launch applications for greater productivity while on-the-go. Powered by the battery-efficient Intel PXA261 processor with Intel XScale technology at 300MHz, the Toshiba Pocket PC e400 Series provides the performance you need to keep you organized and productive. A built-in SD card slot is also included to store your favorite digital and audio files.|
|Operating System:||Windows Mobile 2003|
|Dimensions:||4.9″ x 3.0″ x 0.4″|
|Weight:||4.6 ounces with stylus and battery|
|Processor:||Intel PXA261 processor 300MHz|
|Memory:||64MB SDRAM main memory, 16MB CMOS Flash ROM program memory, 32MB NAND Flash memory|
|Expansion Slot:||Secure Digital (I/O)|
|Battery Type:||Lithium Ion 980 mAh|
|Audio Out:||Stereo headphone jack, speaker|
|Display:||TFT trans-reflective color display|
|Input Device:||5-way navigation button, 4 application keys, 3 function scroller|
|Resolution:||240 x 320 pixels|
|Viewable Image:||3.5″ Diagonal|
|Software Included:||Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 for Pocket PC, File Explorer, Microsoft Active Sync 3.7, Microsoft Outlook , World Clock, Toshiba Voice Recorder, Toshiba Text to Speech for Pocket PC, and Voice Command. ArcSoft PhotoBase included in the e405.|
|Other Hardware:||USB Cradle, 15W AC Adapter, 1-Stylus, Soft Slip Case, Quick Start Card and Warranty Card.|
|Warranty:||One year parts labor and battery|
Toshiba e800 / e805 Specs:
Description: Attractively designed in a dark blue casing and featuring an easy-to-use user interface, the Toshiba Pocket PC e800/805 is a robust PDA providing 128MB of Storage capacity (with additional 32MB NAND flash memory that will remain intact even if the battery runs down), plus built-in CompactFlash II and Secure Digital expansion slots. Ideal for viewing documents and spreadsheets, the Pocket PC e800/805 features a bright, 4.0″ diagonal (240×320) or (480×640, user switchable**) color display for easy readability both indoors and outdoors. Released: 10/23/2003 Operating System: Windows Mobile 2003 Dimensions: 5.3″ x 3.0″ x 0.6″ Weight: 6.8 ounces including stylus and battery Processor: Intel PXA263 processor 400MHz Wireless: Integrated WiFi (802.11b) Memory: 128MB SDRAM memory, 32MB CMOS Flash ROM, 32MB NAND Memory Expansion Slot: Secure Digital (I/O) and CompactFlash Battery Type: Lithium-Ion 1320 mAh Audio Out: Stereo headphone jack Audio In: Microphone Display: TFT Transreflective Color display Input Device: 5-way navigation button, 4 application keys, 3 function scroller Keyboard: Onscreen Handwriting Recognition: Yes Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels Viewable Image: 4″ diagonal Digital Camera: No Software Included: Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Microsoft Reader for Pocket PC, Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 for Pocket PC, File Explorer, MSN Messenger, Microsoft Transcriber, Microsoft Active Sync 3.7, Microsoft Outlook, IA Presenter for ATI, IA Screen Mirror for ATI, World Clock, Toshiba Voice Recorder, Toshiba Text to Speech for Pocket PC, Voice Command, Toshiba ConfigFree Software, and VoIP Software. ArcSoft PhotoBase included with e805. Other Hardware: USB Cradle, 15W AC Adapter, 1-Stylus, Soft Slip Case, Quick Start Card and Warranty Card. Warranty: One year parts, labor and battery
Official Press Release:
Toshiba PDAs Converge Wireless Connectivity with Hands-Free Voice Applications
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 23, 2003–
|New Handheld Devices Feature Voice over IP Functionality and Text-to-Speech Applications Creating New Usage Scenarios for Consumers and Business Users|
Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD) today announced the availability of the exceptionally thin-and-light value-priced Pocket PC e400/405 and corporate-based Pocket PC e800/805 Series PDAs featuring integrated Wi-Fi(R) (802.11b) connectivity and voice over IP (VoIP) capabilities (e800/805 Series only). Both devices feature the ability for audio playback of text documents and user voice command functionality to access important data, keeping business users and consumers organized.
Toshiba’s PDAs build upon the company’s core focus on mobility and wireless connectivity providing users increased flexibility and convenience to help manage their busy lives. With the built-in Toshiba VoIP (1),(2) phone software (e800/805 Series only), users can place phone calls over a high-speed wireless LAN network worldwide, reducing the cost of making long distance and international calls via traditional phone systems. A subscription to an Internet service provider and VoIP broadband telephony service (3) is needed for users to take advantage of the VoIP functionality. The Pocket PC e800/805 Series also features integrated Wi-Fi (802.11b) connectivity (1) for convenient Internet access at a Toshiba SurfHere(TM) public wireless hotspot or any other public hotspot, or to a user’s corporate wireless network.
New Voice Command and Text-to-Speech Applications
The Pocket PC e400/405 and e800/805 Series include software designed to quickly and efficiently access a user’s appointments, contact information or time and date with the sound of the user’s voice. Voice commands such as “Contacts” and “Calendar” instantly open the applications without having to use the stylus. Customers can also take advantage of the text-to-speech application, which delivers audio feedback of e-mail messages, schedule and other text documents, personalizing the PDA experience. For the ultimate road warrior, a built-in world clock is included for easy access to local time zones.
“Toshiba understands that customers desire a personal lightweight data access device that not only keeps them connected to the corporate network, but also delivers on new technology that increases productivity and ease of use away from the office,” said Carl Pinto, director of product marketing, Toshiba DPD. “The Pocket PC e400/405 and e800/805 represent the true definition of a handheld data device — convenience, interaction and portability.”
Brighter Displays and Added Functionality
The Pocket PC e400/405 and e800/805 Series feature enhanced screen brightness to easily read data content such as presentations and spreadsheets as well as view a user’s favorite photos. The Pocket PC e800/805 Series features a 4.0-inch diagonal transreflective display for greater viewing area and includes VGA support (4) making the device a sound investment for future VGA-enabled applications.
Creating a lightweight mobile presentation device, the Pocket PC e800/805 Series features the optional Toshiba Presentation Pack that allows users to conduct a presentation directly from the PDA. Priced at $99 (5), the Picture View Presentation Pack includes an RGB port to connect to a monitor or projector and a USB port for devices such as a full-size keyboard or numeric keypad.
Pricing and Availability
The Pocket PC e405 and e805 are available through Toshiba’s retail distribution channels including computer superstores and consumer electronic stores. The Pocket PC e405 has an estimated single user price (ESUP)(5) of $299 and the Pocket PC e805 ESUP is $599.
The Pocket PC e400 and e800 are available direct via www.shoptoshiba.com and through Toshiba’s traditional distribution channels including mail order and VARs. The Pocket PC e400 has an ESUP of $299 and the Pocket PC e800 ESUP is $599.
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(1) Pocket PC e800/805 Series only. Subscription of an Internet service provider is necessary for Internet connection.
(2) Pocket PC e800/805 Series includes VoIP software from VLI(R) Inc. Toshiba does not guarantee the interoperability with other gPhone vendors or any other VoIP software.
(3) A subscription to VLI Inc. VoIP phone service is needed to conduct VoIP calls to a phone system.
(4) Pocket PC e800/805 Series only. Only the ClearVue application supports this mode.
(5) Reseller prices vary. ESUP means “Estimated Single Unit Price”