Sony Releases Three New Clie Handhelds
Sony has released three new handhelds today at the PalmSource developer conference. The new TH55 features built in wifi, camera and a 320x480 screen in a slim form factor. Sony has also cranked out two others, the TJ27 a entry level model with a built in camera and the similar TJ37 which adds integrated wifi.
The TH55 runs Palm OS 5.2.1 and has a high res+ 320x480 pixel, TFT 65k color screen. The model features built in Wi-Fi (802.11b) as well as an, 300k pixel VGA digital camera on the back, IR port, stereo headphone output jack and a Memory Stick PRO slot. It comes with 32MB of RAM, of which the full 32MB is user available. The handheld
Its dimensions are approximately 3 × 4 7/ 8 × 17/ 32 inches (73.3 × 121.5 × 13.4 mm) (w/h/d). With the cover attached it is approx. 3 × 4 / 8 × / 8 inches (73.3 × 121.5 × 15.7 mm). It weighs 5.8 oz (165 g) without the cover, 20g more with it attached.
Internally the TH55 runs the Sony "Handheld engine" the sony custom chip-set that first debuted on the UX50. The engine comprises of a Sony manufactured ARM926 based processor, a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), and a CXD2230GA graphics accelerator. The processor speed varies between 8 MHz and 123 MHz, to prolong battery life and varies the speed depending on system demand. Sony claims the TH55 has excellent battery performance citing over 20 hours of music playback or 7 hours movie playback on a single charge.
This unit's front-side is dominated by the large portrait only display and has row of small of application buttons along the bottom. It has a integrated clear flip cover, similar to the TG50, to protect the display. On the backside of the device, is a built in camera, which has a retractable lens cover. Above the camera is a different, top rear center mounted jog dial with left and right directional arrows and a back button. The unit is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery.
The TH55 will include a new PIM suite developed by Sony called the Clie Organizer. The new software builds on the classic Palm OS PIM functionality, and adds a new level of multimedia and organizational functionality.
The TJ37 has a 320x320 pixel, 65K TFT color screen and a built in 300k pixel VGA camera on the back. For number crunching is has a 200 MHz Motorola i.MXL dragonball ARM processor. For memory the model has 32MB of RAM (of which 23MB user accessible). It also has a IR port, stereo headphone out jack and a Memory Stick slot. The TJ27 shares all the above features but leaves out the wifi, mp3 audio but has a slimmer case.
When you register on of the three new devices, Sony will send a download link for a free copy of DataViz Documents To Go Professional Edition version 6.0 application suite for viewing office documents including Microsoft® Word and Excel software files.
The new devices will be available in March, pre-orders are now being taken at SonyStyle.com. The TH55 retails for $399 USD, the TJ37 is $299 and the TJ27 debuts at $199.
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