The Sharp Zaurus SL-5600, which was released last spring, is now available from Amazon.com for just $300.
Like the rest of the Zaurus line, the SL-5600 runs a version of the Linux operating system. The SL-5600 uses a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor. It has 32 MB of RAM plus 64 MB of ROM. Part of this ROM is taken up by the operating system but the rest is available for the user to store files and applications. Items stored in ROM won’t be erased if the device has to be hard reset.
Its 240 by 320 pixel screen is a reflective TFT LCD. It is 3.5 inches and can display 65,000 colors.
The SL-5600 has a bottom piece that slides to expose a small keyboard. It also has a CompactFlash slot and a SD/MMC slot. Socket Communications and Sharp have a partnership that ensure that Socket’s CompactFlash plug-in accessories are compatible with Zaurus handhelds. A listing of compatible cards and drivers is available on Socket’s website.
It includes a 1700 mA Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery that is removable. It also has a speaker and microphone with a stereo headphone jack.
It has a suite of PIM applications, plus an email app, Hancom Office, and Opera 6. It comes with Intellisync for Zaurus, which allows it to synchronize with Microsoft Outlook and the Palm Desktop.
It can be purchased from the Amazon.com web site for $299.88, which is substantially lower than this model costs from many other retailers.
It is likely that this model is nearing the end of its life. Sharp announced in November that it will soon be releasing the SL-6000 series. These models will have 4-inch screens and more RAM. This series will include three models, two of which will have built-in Wi-Fi and one with Bluetooth. Like their predecessors, all will have a built-in keyboard and a VGA screen.