What to Expect from CeBIT 2004

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CeBIT, held each year in Germany, is the largest IT-related tradeshow in the world. Over 600,000 people are expected to attend this year’s show, which kicks off today.

Many companies take advantage of this huge audience — and the accompanying press attention — to announce new products, and handheld makers are no exception.

MyPal A730 ASUS has already jumped the gun a bit and revealed that it is going to announce the MyPal A730 at CeBIT (see picture at left). This Pocket PC will be one of the first to have a 480-by-640-pixel (VGA) screen. In addition, it will sport a 1.3 megapixel camera.

More information about the A730 is available in this article.

Though palmOne doesn’t have a habit of announcing new models at CeBIT, rumors have been circulating recently about some new models expected from this company. It’s possible palmOne will break from tradition and announce the Tungsten E2, Zire 31, and Treo 610 that it is rumored to have in the pipeline.

Update: palmOne’s CEO said in an interview today that his company won’t be unveiling new models until next month, so it isn’t going to happen at CeBIT.

More information about the Tungsten E2 is available in this article, while the latest rumors on the Treo 610 can be found in this article.

As for the rest of the handheld makers, they’ve done such a good job of keeping their upcoming products under wraps that if they intend to announce new devices at CeBIT, word hasn’t leaked out about them.

Send in the Smart Phones

Smart phone makers will be out in force at CeBIT showing off the upcoming models that were announced at last month’s 3GSM World Congress. Certainly one of the stars of the show will be Motorola’s MPx, a cellular-wireless Pocket PC that offers a built-in keyboard, a screen that operates in both portrait and landscape modes, and multiple forms of wireless networking.

More information on the MPx can be found in this article.

9500 Communicator While Open In addition, Nokia will surely be demonstrating its upcoming high-end smart phone, the 9500 Communicator, which includes two screens, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a keyboard, and a VGA camera (see picture at right).

Read more about the 9500 Communicator here

There will be plenty of other Symbian smart phone being shown at CeBIT as well.

Among the hot items will be phones with megapixel cameras built into them, like the Motorola A1000.

Don’t Forget the Accessories

There will be plenty of peripheral makers in attendance, and maybe some product announcements, as well.

For example, Symbol has said it will be at CeBIT, showing off a collection of Bluetooth-enabled peripherals. And Synosphere will also be there, demonstrating the Blue Dock, a docking station to allow a handheld to function as a desktop computer.

Also expect a raft of Wi-Fi related products to be announced as well.

More information on CeBIT, which runs through March 24, is available at the official web site.

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