PalmSource Day 1: Sony Prototype Pics

At PalmSource, the president of Sony's handheld division just gave a sneak peak of a prototype handheld his company is working on. He only showed it for a few seconds, but that was enough to see that it is a clamshell device with a built-in keyboard on one side and a screen on the other.

Aside from showing it off, Mr. Yoshida gave no details on the device, including price, availability, or whether it will run Palm OS 5 or 4.

Update: Sony has officially announced two versions of this handheld. Read more about them here.

 

This handheld's hinge can swivel, allowing it to take several shapes. Of course, it can close like a clamshell and open with the LCD on one side and the keyboard on the other. The swivel also allows the device to close with the keyboard on the inside but the LCD exposed, allowing it to to be used like current Palm OS devices.

Sorry this isn't a great picture. He showed this thing off for about 20 seconds and never held it very still. -Ed

UPDATE: I brightened and enhanced the contrast on Ed's original picture to show more detail. -Ryan

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It flips!

mtg101 @ 2/5/2002 8:27:49 PM #
The screen on the new Sony shown can rotate 180 degrees, and then be closed. Thus the device is closed but the screen is visible on the exterior of the device. Looked really cool. However, the device was never turned on, and no more details were given. People I've spoken to think it's just a form-factor prototype, not a device that's about to ship.

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link

blind505user @ 2/5/2002 8:29:35 PM #
Ed, there is a space in the hyperlink that allows you to see the larger image.

users, if you click on the image to see it, remove the space from the url on your browser and try it again, you should be able to see it.

the space is before the image name.

RE: link
Ed @ 2/5/2002 8:31:33 PM #
Fixed. Sorry about the rush. I'm uploading this between sessions. I'm already late for the next one.

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SWEET...the flip makes sense

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/5/2002 8:32:55 PM #
Super thin folding clamshell means more screen with and more keyboard without sacrificing portability. The Japanese are still the best at personal electronics!

looks like a yopy

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/5/2002 8:36:52 PM #
just a comment, the new sony looks a lot like the new yopy, a linux based pda with strong arm etc.

http://www.gmate.com/english/overview.htm

is this the future?

RE: looks like a yopy
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/5/2002 8:40:26 PM #
It seems to make sense. WHY waste the Screen "Cover" space with just useless leather? Why not make it a folding screen. BRILLIANT!!!

RE: looks like a yopy
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/5/2002 8:42:23 PM #
Except that the keyboard part is thicker on the Yopy, while the screen part is thicker on the Sony.

RE: looks like a yopy
BBC @ 2/5/2002 8:55:55 PM #
THe keyboard also appears to be oriented horizontally, posibly a qwerty layout. THe Yopy is a nonstandard layout and takes much more of the keyboard side than this pic


RE: looks like a yopy
davespda @ 2/5/2002 8:56:42 PM #
It is funny you refer to this as brilliant, since many have said the Yopy's design is stupid!

Dave
www.davespda.com
RE: looks like a yopy
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/5/2002 9:59:57 PM #
"...many have said the Yopy's design is stupid!"

says who? you?

you should learn some manners, more if you are promoting your site.