Acer s50 and s60 to Be Available Worldwide (Updated)
Last week, it was revealed that Acer would be releasing its two new Palm OS handhelds in Europe. According to Cnet, the s50 and s60 will be available not just in Europe and Asia but worldwide next month. Both models have hi-res, 12-bit, TFT color screens and Memory Stick slots. In addition, the s60 will have a built-in MP3 player and a voice recorder. The s50 will cost $300 and the s60 will be $360 when they become available in September.
However, being incompatible with the Sony hi-res API will prevent these models from using the Memory Stick camera.
They run Palm OS 4.1 on 33 MHz Dragonball processors and have 16 MB of RAM and 4 MB of flash ROM.
The screens are compatible with the Palm OS 5 hi-res API, not the one Sony uses. This means they will not be able to use hi-res applications written specifically for Sony models. However, once handhelds running OS 5 are available, more applications will be written to use the OS 5 hi-res API.
The s60 has some additional hardware to support its audio functions. It has microphone for making voice recordings. It also has an internal speaker plus a headphone jack.
Update 2: Voice recordings are saved as MP3 files on a Memory Stick. According to Acer, a user will be able to store up to 6 hours of voice recordings. This will, of course, depend on the size of Memory Stick.
Both models have a multi-function button on the left side that the user can program to launch any application.
They run off removable, rechargeable Li-ion batteries. Acer says they get three weeks of use between recharges.
Both the S50 and s60 are 4.8 by 3.0 by .5 inches. The s50 is 5 ounces and the s60 is 5.1 ounces. The HotSync port is the same one used on the company's other Palm OS model, the s10.
Update 3: Despite what was written earlier, the Acer subsidiary Benq makes both a clip-on mini-keyboard and a larger folding one for the Acer line. Currently, these are available only in Asia but will hopefully be distributed more widely as these new models are.
Acer already offers the s10 in both Chinese and English versions. It has a monochrome screen and a built-in voice recorder.
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