Sony Releases the NX80V and NX73V
Sony has announced two new Clie handhelds and is now taking pre-orders. The NX80V features a 1.3 Mega pixel camera with a "Capture Light", Palm OS 5, 200mhz processor, 32MB of RAM, backlit thumb keyboard and a CF type II card slot. The NX73V comes in a similar form factor and specs with a lower resolution camera and no light.
Both models share a 3.8 inch 320x480 high resolution display, with the Sony flip/twist design. The models also share a retractable CF type II expansion and Memory stick slots (compatible with MemoryStick PRO), voice recorder, mp3 player and a backlit thumb keyboard.
The NX80V includes a built-in 1.3 Mega-pixel camera that supports SXGA (1280 x 960) resolution for still photos and can also record MPEG movie clips. A new ?Capture Light? provides additional light to help take pictures in places with low ambient light, and a Slow Shutter Mode for low light conditions. In bright sunlight conditions, a Neutral Density Filter will reduce the amount of light entering the camera lens.
The NX73V has a 300K pixel camera that supports up to 640 x 480 resolution. The NX73V also has 16MB of inlcluded RAM while the NX80V includes 32MB.
They both run Palm OS 5, on an Intel PXA263 processor running at 200MHz. Both models share the same dimensions of 2 7/8 x 5 1/4 x 7/8 inches (or 71.9(W)×131.5(H)×21.8(D)mm) and weigh approximately 8 oz. The casing for each model is made of magnesium.
Sony has included a new Decuma Input Handwriting Recognition Software, which converts your natural handwriting into text. They also include standard Grafitti and the QWERTY thumb keyboard for input.
Both handhelds can also use the optional CLIÉ Wireless LAN Card for WiFi (802.11b) connectivity. The retractable CompactFlash slot also provides limited support for CompactFlash Memory Cards for data storage.
Both the NX80V and NX73V are available from SonyStyle for pre-order at $599 and $499 respectively. There is currently no word from SonyStyle on an actual shipping date, however Amazon.com lists a July 27th release.
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