PalmSource: Symbol Demoing Color QVGA Model
Last week, HandEra and Epson said that some company would release a handheld with a color QVGA screen within a year, though they declined to say whom. Here at PalmSource, Symbol is demonstrating prototype handhelds that have color QVGA screens which means, of course, they have a virtual Graffiti area. They also have monochrome models. These are prototypes only; the company is looking for a large customer before it will commit to making them.
Symbol makes handhelds for industrial use, not personal. It sells to large companies that want to automate their workforces.
As such, their handhelds are built for industrial conditions. They can survive a 4-foot fall and are sealed against rain and dust. They have built-in bar-code scanners and can have wireless networking, either 802.11 or CDPD. Symbol says the devices have enough power to survive an 8-hour work day.
While this sounds like many users dream machines, there are a few drawbacks. They weigh 12.2 ounces and are 7 by 3.6 by 1 inch. The company wasn't willing to officially release a price but they will be over $1000.
These models run the 33 MHz Dragonball VZ and have 8 MB of RAM and 4 MB of ROM.
Symbol even makes a mini-keyboard that clips to the bottom.
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