Sony T415 Discontinued? (Updated)
Sony's monochrome PEG-T415 now appears on the official company webstore listed as "Sold Out". Based on past experience, this is a strong indication that the model has been discontinued. If so, it will have had the shortest handheld product lifespan on record, as it first appeared in stores in the U.S. in late November of last year, a bit over four months ago.
Update: According to a Sony spokesperson, the T415 has not been discontinued. It is only temporarily out of stock.
By all indications, the T415 hasn't been a big success for Sony. Though it was introduced at $300, the company dropped its price by $50 less than two months after its introduction and dropped it another $30 about a month after that.
The T415 is a 320 by 320 monochrome model. Though only .39 inches thick, it has a Jog Dial and a Memory Stick slot. It runs Palm OS 4.1 and has 8 MB of RAM and 4 MB of Flash ROM. It uses the 33 MHz Dragonball processor from Motorola. Its infrared port has been enhanced to let it be used as a TV/VCR remote and it has an improved speaker and audio abilities.
Though it has received good marks for its super-slim case, its monochrome screen has been a frequent source of complaints.
The T415's 8 MB of RAM is less than that in the S360, which is cheaper. It's possible Sony intends to release an updated version of the T415 with more memory, as it did recently with the S320.
Thanks to Alan for the tip. -Ed
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