Where Are the New Handhelds?

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Within the last few months, several companies have announced new Pocket PC handhelds. However, not all all of these are available yet and their manufacturers are in danger of missing the very important holiday shopping season.

ViewSonic V35 Perhaps the best example of this is ViewSonic, which announced the V35 in late September but has yet to release it in any large numbers. Last month, some were available at select retail stores but these have since sold out. The good news is Amazon.com is now saying “This item will be released on December 3, 2002.”

The ViewSonic V35 Pocket PC is a slim and light handheld that runs a 300 MHz XScale processor. It has 64 MB of memory, a 3.5-inch transflective color screen, and a Secure Digital expansion slot. The list price is $299.

Last month, Hewlett Packard announced the iPAQ h1910, which the company just recently began listing on its website. However, the device isn’t available yet. HP’s site says it will first be out sometime in mid-December.

iPAQ h1910 The h1910 is 1/2″ thick and 4.2 ounces. It runs a 200MHz Intel XScale processor and has 64MB of RAM. It includes an SD/MMC slot for external memory. HP’s suggest price for this is $299.

HP announced the iPAQ h5450 at the same time and its website says it will be available December 9. This model has a 400MHz XScale processor, built-in 802.11 and Bluetooth wireless networking, and an integrated fingerprint scanner. It will sell for about $699.

Dell is taking orders for its Axim X5 models which it also announced in mid-November but, according to its site, units ordered today won’t be shipped until December 19.

There are two models in this line, the Axim X5 Advanced and X5 Entry. The X5 Entry, which retails for $249, is powered by a 300 MHz XScale processor and comes with 32MB of RAM and a synchronization cable rather than a cradle. Meanwhile, the Axim X5 Advanced, which retails for $349, is powered by a 400 MHz XScale processor and comes with 64MB of RAM. Dell is offering a $50 mail-in rebate for both of these models.

The late arrival of these devices is somewhat surprising, considering how important the holiday shopping season is. These companies have already missed Hanukkah and is seems likely that plenty of packages under people’s Christmas trees will contain only a note reading “I.O.U. one Handheld.”

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