Sony to Announce New Handheld at CeBIT (Updated)
At a pre-CeBIT press conference earlier this week, Sony said it was going to unveil a new handheld, the T770, according to ZDnet Germany. Almost no details were given, other than it would have the enhanced infrared port that's on the rest of the T series. It also said it would be announcing 256 MB Memory Sticks.
Some educated guesses can be made just from the name of the new handheld. Obviously, this will be part of the T series. Almost all of the handhelds Sony has introduced lately have had 16 MB of RAM.
CeBIT is held in Germany, so Sony should be showing off the European version. The high-end Clié with MP3 playback that is currently on sale in Europe is the N770C. Just judging from that, it is entirely possible that the T770 will also have MP3 playback. In the U.S. this model should be called the T760.
Of course, it's a bit odd that the name of the handheld isn't the T770C, as Sony always includes the "C" to denote that the handheld has a color screen. It's very unlikely, though possible, that this will be a monochrome model.
Update: It's possible that ZDnet Germany's report is mistaken. Other reports on Sony's offerings at CeBIT only mention the T625, the European version of the T615C.
Speculation that Sony will be releasing a replacement for the N760C has been in high gear since it lowered its price earlier this week. The N760C is essentially a N710C with an updated version of the Palm OS and the N710C was announced last May, so this handheld is about 10 months old. That makes it the oldest model in Sony's handheld line. Also, the N760C's 8 MB of RAM is starting to look cramped, considering that all of Sony's other models, even the $200 S360, have 16 MB.
CeBit is the world's largest tradeshow and a popular place for companies to introduce new handhelds. It will be March 13 through the 20.
Thanks to Tom for the tip. -Ed
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