Rumor: Sony to Release NX Series with OS 5 (Updated)
An anonymous source has give CliéSource the description of a pair of future Sony handhelds called the NX series. These will have the same form factor as the NR series, including the clamshell shape and built-in keyboard. They will run Palm OS 5 on an Intel XScale processor. Like the NR series, they will use a 320 by 480 screen.
Update: An annonymous source has given Geek.com some pictures and details on the NX70V. This source says it will use a 200 MHz processor and have 16 MB of RAM. A spokesperson from Sony has requested that these images be removed from PIC and we (reluctantly) consented. -Ed
If Sony is releasing handhelds with XScale processors, it has two to choose from. The PXA250 runs at up to 400 MHz while the PXA210 runs at up to 200 MHz. Both are fully ARM architecture compliant and are part of the Palm OS Ready Program.
Like the NR series, there will be one model in the NX series with a camera and one without. The one with the camera will be capable of taking video in MPEG4 format at 640 by 480.
They will have a CompactFlash slot, though this won't work with memory cards, only Sony-branded 802.11 cards. Sony offers sleds for some of its models that let them use some Compact Flash add-ons but not memory cards. These sleds, however, are available only in Japan. This source didn't say anything about a Memory Stick slot but it seems extremely unlikely Sony would release a handheld without one of these, especially if the CF slot can't use memory cards.
Update: The source from Geek.com says the CompactFlash slot will only work with Sony's wireless LAN card, PEGA-WL100.
It will have a built-in microphone and still have the same MP3 playback ability as the NR series.
It will use Sony's standard HotSync port, the same one used on the current NR series.
On the software side, this source reports that the NX series will ship with a web browser, presumably the one PalmSource announced recently. The built-in apps have been re-written to take advantage of the virtual Graffiti area.
Update: It will use the standard application Launcher, which has hi-res+ support, but the user will also have the option of a new view of applications which has been designed to make the device easy to use for first-time handheld buyers.
According to this source, the NX series will be announced next week and will be available at the end of October. The version without the camera will cost $500 and the one with it will be $600.
Update: In the inventory system of a major electronics retailer there are two new Sony models listed: the PEG-NX60 and the PEG-NX70V. Since this is an inventory system, the only information available besides the model number is the amount of RAM, which is 16 MB for both, and the price, which is $500 for the NX60 and $600 for the NX70V. The system lists two different entries for the NX70V; one has a color listed as grey, the other silver.
This model bears a resemblance to a previous rumor from The Gadgeteer that described an upcoming Sony model with a clamshell shape, an Intel processor, and a CompactFlash slot only for peripherals.
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