Rumor: Sony Beginning to Phase Out the NR Series (Updated)
According to Eugene, Palm Infocenter's unofficial Tokyo corespondent, the NR70 and NR70V won't be available in retail stores in Tokyo for much longer. He spoke with the staff at a retail store there about why they had no NR series units on display and was told that Sony had stopped shipping those models. They are, however, still available through SonyStyle Japan.
This is the time of the year when Japanese electronics makers release their Fall offerings, so Sony could be close to announcing replacements for the NR series. It was this time last year that Sony announced the N760C. In August of 2000 it launched the Clié line in the U.S.
In what may be further evidence, several U.S. webstores have recently cut their prices for the NR70V. PC Mall, eCOST.com, and BuyDig.com are all offering it for around $500, down from the original $600.
Update: The Hong Kong Palm Users Group has posted details of what could be the replacement for the NR series. Supposedly, this information came from a source of Hong Kong PDA industry news.
The PEG-NR90 does not have the clamshell design from the earlier NR series models but it does have many of the same features. Most importantly, it isn't a Palm OS 5 device. Instead, it runs Palm OS 4.1 on a 66 MHz Dragonball Super VZ. It has 16 MB of RAM and 4 MB of ROM.
However, it does have the 320 by 480, hi-res+ screen with virtual Graffiti that many were asking for on the T665C. It also has a built-in camera and an MP3 player. An audio remote controller and headphones will come with it.
According to this source, the NR90 is 4.65 by 2.83 by 0.50 inches and weighs 4.9 oz. It runs off an internal Lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery.
Or Maybe Palm OS 5
Earlier this month, Julie from The Gadgeteer said a 'reliable source' told her that Sony was working on a model that runs Palm OS 5 but is similar to the NR70V. It will have a clamshell shape and a built-in camera which will be capable of both still images and video capture.
It will have a Memory Stick slot and a Compact Flash slot, though this won't work with memory cards, just add-on peripherals.
The source says will ship with a version of Flash Player that can run in full-screen mode.
It does not have any built-in wireless networking capabilities, neither Bluetooth nor Wi-Fi.
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