ViewSonic Announces V37 Pocket PC

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ViewSonic has announced that it will be releasing a new Pocket PC model that will be a step above its current V35.

The V37 will feature a Intel 400 MHz XScale processor, while the V35 uses a 300 MHz one. The V37 will have 64MB of RAM, of which 36.45 MB will be user accessible. It will also have 64 MB of ROM.

This model will include a 3.5-inch transflective screen. It will include an SD/MMC slot that supports SDIO and ViewSonic says an SDIO Wi-Fi card will be available for the V37 shortly after product launch. Reportedly, it looks just like the V35.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this handheld is that it will come with the .NET Compact Framework pre-installed. This is essentially a mobile version of Microsoft’s .Net Framework, which allows computers to use Web Services and exchange information over the Internet.

At this time, it is not known when the V37 will be released or what it will cost.

Get One Free… Sort Of

To boost developer interest in mobile applications, Microsoft will give away 25,000 ViewSonic V37 handhelds to people who get Visual Studio .NET 2003. This development platform will allow users to write applications for the .NET Compact Framework. Visual Studio .NET 2003 is expected to be released on April 24.

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