Sony SJ20 and SJ30 Announced in Australia and Hong Kong
Sony Australia is now taking pre-orders for the SJ20 and SJ30, which are similar to the already released SL10 but with enhanced features. SonyStyle Hong Kong also lists the SJ20 and SJ30. SonyStyle's U.S. division doesn't yet say anything about these. The information given on these models confirms most of what has only been rumor before.
The SJ30 has a hi-res, 16-bit, backlit color screen. It has 16 MB of RAM and 4 MB of flash ROM. At 4.0 by 2.8 by .66 inches, Sony is advertising the SJ30 as the smallest color Clié ever. It weighs 4.9 ounces.
Sony says the SJ30 will last 12 days with normal use, which it defines as 30 minutes use per day with the backlight off.
The SJ20 has a hi-res monochrome screen and also has 16 MB of RAM and 4 MB of flash ROM. It is the same size as the SJ30, as well, but weighs 4.5 ounces. Sony says the SJ20 will last 15 days with normal use on its internal, rechargeable battery.
Both of these models have Memory Stick slots, Jog Dials, Back buttons, and plastic casings. They use the same HotSync connector as the T series. They run Palm OS 4.1 on a 33 MHz Dragonball VZ processor.
Neither model ships with a cradle; instead, each comes with an AC adapter and a USB HotSync cable.
Sony Australia is offering the SJ30 for $750 AU, which converts to $400 US. The SJ20 is $550 AU, or about $300 US. It says they will be available August 23.
Sony Hong Kong lists the SJ30 at $2,500 HK. or $320 US, while the SJ20 is $1,800 HK, or $230 US. It says these models will be delivered sometime between August 22 and 27.
According to a source at a major U.S. electronics chain, these models won't be available in the U.S. until September 23. The SJ30 will be $300 US and the SJ20 will be $200. US
Thanks to the many people who sent in tips on this. -Ed
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