Two New Redfly Models Announced
Celio Corp, the company behind the Redfly mobile companion, today unveiled two new models: the Redfly C7 and C8N. The Redfly is billed as a smartphone terminal that utilizes your Windows Mobile smartphone over USB or Bluetooth to give you a larger keyboard and display.
The Redfly C7 is a more affordable model with a power-saving 7-inch display, lighter five-hour battery, and weighs in at just under 1.5 lbs. It will be sold for $229. The Redfly C8N is billed as the next generation design and features a 8-inch screen and a new media port that can link up with the iPod and digital audio/video players. It will retail for $299.
"REDFLY has taken off in the smartphone market and these new models are designed to extend this success," said Kirt Bailey, CEO of Celio Corp. "The REDFLY's larger keyboard and screen brings the right functionality to the smartphone, making it the netbook of choice without the additional TCO (total cost of ownership) and data loss risk of a UMPC or laptop. Combined with the REDFLY device, the smartphone has become the center of mobile virtualization and mobile cloud-based computing."
The Redfly C8N evolved from the original REDFLY design to meet customer demand to use the larger screen as an external display for media players such as an iPod, iPhone, Zune, or digital camera. A new REDFLY Media Port and REDFLY Media Cable provide a simultaneous connection as a third USB port and composite video input (NTSC/PAL compatible). Now the REDFLY's 800x480-pixel screen can be used to view photos, show demos and even watch movies. The Redfly Media Cable is available for a suggested retail price of $19.95.
Both models will be available the week of Dec 1st and can be pre-ordered from select Celio resellers listed at getredfly.com. The original Redfly model is also still available for $199. The devices are compatible with all Palm Treo's running Windows Mobile, including the new Treo Pro and Treo 800w.