Sony Launches the Clié in U.S.
In move that, frankly, caught many of us by surprise, Sony has announced that its Palm powered Clié handheld will be available much earlier in the U.S. than was expected. It can be ordered right now off the Sony Vaio Direct Web site for $399. It will be available in stores in September.
The downside is that only the monochrome version is being released now. Sony representative David Yang cited shortages of color displays for this. He said to not expect the color version to be released in the U.S. until the middle of next year.
Some analysts are predicting that the Clié, rather than grow the market for PDAs, will mostly just hurt sales of the Palm V series. ZDnet is quoting one as saying, "There's not enough space for nearly identical devices. Sony's (Clié) will do significant damage to the Palm V's share." Another said that Sony could take away 7% to 9% of Palm's market share.
On the other hand, said David Thor, a handheld analyst with ResearchPortal.com, said,"Does Palm really worry if their licensing business is healthy? That's the highest-margin thing they can do."
By the way, the correct pronunciation of Clié is "klee-ay".
If you want to know more about the Clié, take a look at this very cool Flash animation about the handheld.
- Jog Dial™ navigator for one handed operation
- Jog Dial™ navigator
- Memory Stick® slot for unlimited storage of information, images and applications
- Palm OS® version 3.5
- Palm OS® Software version 3.5
- 8MB DRAM memory
- Small, sleek and stylish Sony design
- 8MB Memory Stick™ removable memory
- 2MB Flash memory
- Enhanced backlight for better view-ability in poor lighting
- Lithium-ion rechargeable battery for approximately 15days worth of normal usage
- USB HotSync® cradle
- Detachable AC travel adapter
- Palm organizer software: Address Book, Calculator, Date Book, Expense, HotSync, Mail, Graffiti, Memo Pad, Security, To Do List.
- PictureGear™ Lite digital image management software
- PictureGear™ Pocket image viewing software
- Memory Stick® Gate memory management software
- gMedia™ video viewing software
- TrueSync® synchronization software
- Protective cover
- Users Manual
- OS: Palm OS® version.3.5
- Memory: 8MB(DRAM)/2MB(Flash)/8MB(Memory Stick)
- Interface: USB,IrDA(1.2)
- LCD: Backlit monochrome Display 160x160pixcels
- Dimension: 2 79"(W)x0.6"(D)x4.52(H)"
- Weight: 4.27oz
- AC Power adapter(supplied): OutputDC5.7V, InputAC100-240V
- Battery: Litium-ion rechargable battery(internal)
- USB Interface
- AC Adapter
- 8MB Memory Stick
- Sony CLIE Handheld Installation CD-ROM
- Quick Start Guide
- User Manual
- PictureGear Pocket User Manual
- Graffiti Sticker
- Protective Cover
- USB Cradle:PEGA-UC500
- Serial Cradle:PEGA-SC500
- US Travel kit:PEGA-TK500
- Jog Launcher
- Memory Stick® Gate
- Address Book
- Date Book
- ToDo List
- Memo Pad
- HotSync® software
- PictureGear™ Pocket
- PictureGear™ 4.2Lite
- Palm Desktop for Sony
- USB Driver
- User Registration for PC
- Acrobat Reader
- Still Image (sample)
- OS: Windows98,98SE,2000 Professional
- CPU: Pentium90MHz or Higher
- RAM: 32MB minimum(64MB recommended)
- Available HDD Space: 64MB minimum
- Peripherals: CD-ROM Drive(For installation only)
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