Sony Announces PEG-T600C
The rumors of Sony creating a color handheld similar to the T415 have proved to be correct. They announced in Japan today the PEG-600C. It is close in size to the T415 but the new model is .49 inches thick rather than .39. It is also .4 ounces heavier. Still, Sony crammed a lot into that small casing. It has a 320 by 320 pixel TFT screen that can display 16-bit color. It also has 16 MB of RAM and runs OS 4.1. It will be available in Japan on December 8 for 40,000 Yen, which is about $325. It is not yet known when a U.S. version will be available or at what price.
Update: A Sony spokesperson would only say that they are considering releasing a version of the T600C in the U.S. but Sony never comments on unannounced products. He would say that the screen on the T600 is actually brighter than the one on the N series.
It still has the improved infrared port from the T415 and the TV/VCR/etc. remote built into it. It also still has the same enhanced sound capabilities.
It is also not yet known what Sony's plans are for the N610C, a model that has almost the exact same features as the T600C except that the N610C is larger.
Keep in mind, if Sony releases a U.S. version of this model, it won't be called the T600C; It will be something like the T610C or T615C. The Japanese version of the T415 is called the T400.
Update: While Sony has also introduced a sled for the T models that will allow them to use CompactFlash modems, this will only be released in Japan. It does not work with CF memory cards. It also has a built-in battery so the extra power drain from the CF card won't be more than the handheld can supply.
Thanks to the many, many people who sent us info on this. As usual, much of this info has been gathered from Bablefish translations of pages in Japanese. Please forgive any errors caused by mis-translations. -Ed
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