Rumor: PC Mall Leaks Info on New Low-End Sony Handheld
PC Mall has a page on the PEG-SL10, a low-end handheld that hasn't been announced by Sony. If this info is correct, it has many of the features typical of Sony's handhelds. Like its current low-end model the S360, the SL10 has a monochrome screen. But unlike the S360, this new model's screen is 320 by 320. It also has a Memory Stick slot and a jog dial. PC Mall is offering it for $150.
Update: PC Mall has removed their listing on the SL10.
Update 2: Sony has officially announced the SL10.
It isn't unusual for online stores to accidentally post information on not-yet-announced products. For example, earlier this year PC Mall briefly listed the Palm m515 several weeks before Palm had announced it. These slip-up are generally followed later by official announcements from the manufacturers, though not always. Amazon listed a Sony PEG-C20 for a while, though no such handheld was ever released.
Though many people are eagerly awaiting word of Sony's handhelds which will run the new Palm OS 5, the SL10 is not one of them. According to PC Mall, it runs OS 4.1 on a 33 MHz DragonBall VZ processor.
For software, it comes with all the standard Palm OS apps plus Documents To Go, PictureGear Pocket, and gMovie.
The technical details given in these accidental pre-announcements are sometimes inconsistent and frequently turn out to be wrong. At one point PC Mall says the SL10 runs OS 4.1 and at another OS 4.0. It also says it has only 8 MB of RAM. This seems unlikely as all other Sony models, even the low-end S360, have 16 MB.
PC Mall is also inconsistent about the screen resolution. The main description of the product says the SL10's screen is 320 by 320 but the Tech Specs say is 160 by 160.
If real, this model could take the place of the S360, which sells for $30 more. The S360 is a slightly updated version of the S320, which was introduced over a year ago.
Thanks to Brian for the tip. -Ed
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