Sony T600C and T400 Discontinued
SonyStyle Japan now lists the T600C and T400 as discontinued. These are the Japanese versions of the T615C and T415. The T615C is still listed on the U.S. version of SonyStyle but the T415 was dropped some time ago. What Sony does in Japan is usually soon carried through in other countries so it seems likely that the T615C will also soon be discontinued. It was first announced in January.
Because it sold poorly, it is possible Sony won't replace the T400/T415. However, it is almost certain the company will release an updated version of the T600C series.
What will be new on the T600C/T615C/T625C replacement is completely a matter of speculation. No hard facts are available. It is possible the company will release a model with the 320 by 480 screen it is using on the NR series, but without the clamshell shape. Sony may also be planning a model identical to the T600 series but with an MP3 player added.
Using the 66 MHz Dragonball processor is one possibility. Another is Sony is clearing the way for its first ARM-based handheld. However, PalmSource isn't expected to be finished with Palm OS 5, necessary to run the ARM-based handheld, until sometime in June. It seems unlikely that Sony has already discontinued a model when it won't even be able to begin final testing for its replacement for at least a month.
The T600 series already has 16 MB of RAM, the most a Dragonball processor can use.
If Sony releases a T400 series replacement, the most obvious and necessary change is an improved monochrome screen.
With one of their best selling handhelds now unavailable, it is almost certain Sony will announce something to replace it soon. In any case, it is most likely the new model will be announced in Japan first, making the jump to other countries a few weeks later.
Several weeks ago, Brando carried a rumor that Sony would be releasing a new model in June. One of these could be be it.
Thanks to Eugene for the tip. -Ed
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