While the Axim X50v has a lot to offer, many were disappointed by Dell’s decision to put only 64 MB of RAM in this handheld. These people should be pleased to learn that Pocket PC Techs has developed a way to upgrade this model to 128 MB of RAM.
Unlike many of Pocket PC Techs’ RAM upgrades, this one does NOT require its proprietary driver. The new RAM is fully recognized by the operating system.
After the upgrade, the X50v will have just over 126 MB of user accessible RAM, versus 63 MB for the standard model.
During the upgrade process, Pocket PC Techs will remove the existing 64 MB chip and replace it with a 128 MB chip. This unit uses low-voltage, high-speed BGA memory, so stacking is not available and 128 MB will be the maximum capacity.
This RAM upgrade costs $199, including second-day return shipping (USA only).
For more information or to place an order, visit the Pocket PC Techs web site.
European customers will be able to order and ship through Pocket PC Techs’ authorized upgrade center, eXpansys.
The handhelds will still be upgraded by Pocket PC Techs, but ordering through eXpansys will save the customer international customs and shipping fees, and shipping time.
To place an order, visit the eXpansys web site.
A Quick Overview of the Dell Axim X50v
The X50v is Dell’s new flagship handheld.
It has a 3.7-inch, 640-by-480-pixel (VGA) display, giving it four times the screen resolution of most Pocket PCs. This display supports both portrait and landscape modes, and is backed up by a Intel 2700G multimedia accelerator, giving it the ability to do DVD-quality playback for video ranging from cartoons to full-length movies.
It runs Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition on a 624 MHz Intel PXA270 XScale processor. It has 62 MB of RAM available to the user. In addition, it has about 91 MB of internal storage.
The X50v has built-in both Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth 1.2 wireless networking.
Much more information on the is available in Brighthand‘s review of the Axim X50v.