Two Pocket PCs from Dell’s older X30 series are no longer listed on the company’s web site, signaling that these models have been discontinued.
The two models were the mid-range Axim X30 with a 312 MHz processor, and the entry-level version that lacked any kind of wireless networking.
One X30-series model remains, the device that once was Dell’s flagship handheld. It is a dual-wireless, QVGA model with a 624 MHz processor.
However, a Dell spokesperson revealed that the entire X30 series is in the process of being discontinued.
As confirmation, a Brighthand reader reports that Dell’s fall product catalog doesn’t list any X30 handhelds at all.
There’s nothing surprising about these handhelds being discontinued. These models debuted in the spring of last year, and lasted the typical life-span for a handheld.
In addition, an overview of Dell’s future plans was leaked to Brighthand earlier this year. This showed that the Axim X30 line was going to be discontinued around this time.
This move does mean, though, that Dell no longer has an entry-level model. It’s least expensive device — part of its X50 series — has a base price of $300, although it is often on sale for less.
Also according to the leaked roadmap, Dell does not plan to introduce any new mid-range or entry-level models for some time. Presumably, the current Axims will drop in price in coming months, though.
What is on Dell’s handheld roadmap for this year is the first Axim with a built-in hard drive, although the capacity of this is not known.
This device will almost certainly run Windows Mobile 5.0 and have multiple kinds of wireless networking.
Thanks to Timothy Rapson for the tip.