Toshiba Unveils e750

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Several weeks ago, the FCC gave Toshiba permission to release the e750, a new Pocket PC with built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking. Today, Toshiba has officially unveiled the device, which is an updated version of the e740.

Toshiba e750 The e750 looks just like the e740 and is the same size: 4.9 by 3.1 by 0.6 inches. At 6.9 ounces it is slightly heavier.

It will use the new Intel XScale PXA255 at 400 MHz. These chips have a 200 MHz system bus, as opposed to the 100 MHz one on current PXA250 processors, which should increase the performance of the chip.

It comes with 64 MB of RAM. In addition, it has 32 MB of ROM to allow the user to store files that won’t be erased if the handheld has a hard reset or the battery is completely drained. The e750 has a separate 32MB of CMOS Flash ROM to store the operating system.

Unlike its predecessor, the e750 includes a transflective screen. This is 3.8 inches and 240 by 320 pixels and can display 16-bit color.

It runs Pocket PC 2002, not the next version of this operating system that is expected to be available in a few months.

This handheld has an SD/MMC slot and a Type I/II CompactFlash slot.

Obviously, the e750 includes integrated Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless networking. Despite some confusion caused by the documents filed with the FCC, it doesn’t offer Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.

It will sell for $600, the same price as the e740, though the e740 will likely drop in price soon. Toshiba is taking orders for the e750 now at its webstore, though this says it will ship in two or three weeks.

e755

There will also a version called the e755, which uses the same hardware but includes ArcSoft PhotoBase, an app for editing images. This does not yet appear on Toshiba’s site but was mentioned in a CNet review.

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