First Reports of NR70 in Stores
A couple of readers have written to to report finding the Sony NR70 at DataVision, an electronics retailer on 5th Avenue in New York City. One of these is from Mike Cane, an occasional contributor to PIC, so there is no question of this being a hoax. There are also reports of finding them at CompUSA and Fry's in San Diego.
When Sony announced the NR series, it said both the NR70 and NR70V would be available in early May. However, when they were released in Japan, the NR70 was available for some time before the NR70V was, and Sony may be repeating this pattern in the U.S.
One of the people who bought a NR70 from DataVision said he asked at the store about the NR70V and was told there was nothing in their computer system about it.
Sony's NR series includes a 320 by 480, 16-bit color screen that has virtual Graffiti. It also has a clam-shell design, a built-in keyboard, 16 MB of RAM and is the first Palm OS model to use the 66 MHz Dragonball Super VZ. In addition, the NR70V has a built-in digital camera.
Both member of the NR series run Palm OS 4.1. They have 8 MB of flash ROM. They also include a DSP chip that allows them to play MP3 audio files.
The NR70 will sell for $500 while the NR70V will be $600. Numerous online retailers are already taking preorders, including Amazon.com.
If you find the NR70 in a store, please report it here. I have a NR70V on its way to me right now for review. Expect an initial review sometime on Tuesday with a full one later this week. -Ed
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