Sony Announces OS 5 NX Series

PEG NX-70VSony has just announced the Clié PEG NX-70V and NX-60 handhelds. These models run Palm OS 5 on a 200mhz ARM CPU (Intel XScale PAX250). They have a high-Resolution TFT 320x480 screen, 16 MB RAM, 16 MB ROM, a new wireless expansion slot, Memory Stick slot, a built-in voice recorder, MP3 player and an internal mini keyboard. The handhelds have the similar folding clamshell design from the Sony NR series.

Pricing for these models has the NX-70V at $599, and the NX60 retailing for $499. Both will be available in the US around the beginning of November, SonyStyle lists them as shipping on or before Oct. 28.

The NX70V will also have an internal digital camera and it will support MPEG-4 video recording/playback, the NX-60 model leaves out the camera.

The NX70V digital camera touts a 310K pixel image sensor, capable of shooting pictures with resolution up to 640x480 pixels. It can also record and play MPEG4 movies, at a 2MB/minute rate. Both the movies and pictures (now in JPEG format) can be saved directly on a Memory Stick.

Sony Clie PEG-NX70VThe NX handhelds have a built-in microphone which turns the NX series in a digital ATRAC3/MP3/ADPCM format voice recorder to store your memos. Approximately, more than 500 minutes of voice can be stored on a 128 MB memstick. There is also a built-in mp3 player, audio remote control and external headphones are supplied. Finally there is a polyphonic audio reminder feature, which uses the enhanced internal speaker. One can even record himself a memo to be run at a specific time. Just like the NR series, the NX series come with a 320x480 screen with graphic software graffiti area, a built-in QWERTY mini keyboard, a swivel LCD display and an elegant magnesium clamshell body. The NX series handhelds weigh 8 oz. and sport dimensions of 2.87" x 5.5" x 0.94" inches.

The handhelds will be bundled with an extensive new pack of software from Sony. The Sony launcher will now have 3 modes, Standard, Hi-Res and UI, a new user friendly mode. All of the standard Palm OS applications will now support the 320x480 mode. Clie Camera V2.0 is capable of X2 Digital Zoom and comes with thumbnail photo viewer mode. Movie Recorder v1.0 is capable of 160x112 video recording and 320x240 playback. The Clie Viewer v1.0 is a new application that will deal with all media files, including voice memos, pictures etc. Photo Editor v1.0 is a graphic editor for customizing pictures. Clie Album v1.0 is a special software to create personal photo albums with 2 templates to choose from. Sony will now include an easy way to upload images taken on the clie to it’s image hosting website, Clie Memo v1.0 is an improved memo application with multiple colors and brush widths, for taking handwritten memos. Image Converter v1.0 is a utility to convert between image formats (Desktop->Handheld). Memory Stick handling applications are also included: MS Backup, MS Import/Export and Clie Files are already there. Finally, Clie Mail v2.0 is an improved version of the Clie e-mail application, with high res+ support, the ability to add picture/audio/video attachments, managing multiple email accounts, synchronizing mail with desktop application and receiving JPEG attachments.

Sony Clie NX-70V Key Features

Update: Kicho, from PALMAGA, was able to get some pictures of the PEG-NX series in the Sony Tower in Tokyo.

Adam Zeit of Palmi contributed to this report.

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Off we go!

Sholey @ 10/2/2002 1:02:46 AM #
Right on time! October 2! Just like taht guy from PALMI said!

RE: Off we go!
Steven Eil @ 10/2/2002 6:03:20 AM #
That guy ;-)
If the CF wireless slot will be productive, this is my next device (And maybe not, I bought the NR70V one month ago).

Steven Eil
CTO & Palm OS Editor
RE: Off we go!
Palm_Otaku @ 10/2/2002 1:30:02 PM #
After pouring over the comments in this thread I have to say that the quality of discussion is *marked* improved over the bad old anonymous posting days!

WTG Ryan!!!!!

- Dan

RE: Off we go!
dmoynihan @ 10/3/2002 12:55:59 AM #
And the volume hasn't dropped much... nice!

Sony preparing for Bluetooth and wireless connections
pdangel @ 10/3/2002 2:02:02 PM #
Common features in the Clie models are powered by lithium-polymer batteries and come with Documents To Go 4.0 and Presenter-to-Go. As for optional accessories, there are plenty to choose from, including a gamepad. For Bluetooth and wireless connections, Sony said it is preparing for them.

from 'Sony unveils Clie models for local market'
October 2, 2002 12:00am
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There Bluetooth Module by Sony Corporation became BQP on 2002-08-01

"There are 2 kind of people my friend....those with wires and those without"

RE: Off we go - The right way
PalmPC @ 10/3/2002 8:47:26 PM #
This is the way Sony’s new ‘Premier Palm’ should have been. Release the nice ‘non-clamshell’ versions first to temp us then hit us with the amazing OS 5 NX Series! I wish I had been able to wait for this awesome beast!!!

"Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity..."
RE: Off we go!
myname @ 10/4/2002 3:14:02 AM #
Thats they way sony releases Stuff, open the way with a super high end then release a mid end device, then finally a "dirt cheap" low end device.

RE: Off we go!
abosco @ 10/4/2002 8:47:42 PM #
Well, now that Sony is pretty well off in the low-end and mid-range market, they won't release another model like these for maybe six months. But you don't know... the rule of thumb with Sony is, it's Sony!

Beer is living proof that God wants us to be happy. -Benjamin Franklin
RE: Off we go!
andrewholler @ 1/17/2003 10:31:38 PM #
Yah, can't believe it was released on time!
That's so unusual. They normally don't seem to get out their products on the schedualed release date.
Great Job!


Clarence @ 10/2/2002 1:04:58 AM #
First comment! Cool

Cant wait to have a review of these.


RE: Cool
Sholey @ 10/2/2002 1:09:34 AM #

RE: Cool
DrAndrew @ 10/2/2002 1:09:48 AM #
Black! That is cool!
RE: Cool
markgm @ 10/2/2002 9:12:32 AM #
The black is cool, but if it scratches up like my nr70v, then I'd say go with the silver.

RE: Cool
aflores @ 10/2/2002 10:47:30 AM #
This is great. but I donn't like the black color.
I prefer the silver

Fanatic of PDA whit Palm OS

It is actually Graphite Gray
speed-angel @ 10/2/2002 2:29:47 PM #
As described in the original site (In Japanese)

RE: Cool
andrewholler @ 1/17/2003 10:32:53 PM #
cool? It's usful and intelligent, its a great idea and will improve lives.

It's not cool, its a life saver.

What are those oddly shaped accessories?

spidreman @ 10/2/2002 1:19:38 AM #
If you follow the link from the article to sony, then click on the first nx picture...takes you to:
Then scroll down and you'll some square cards(SD cards?) right above the 2 memory sticks. What are they? I'm no good at understanding Japanese.
RE: What are those oddly shaped accessories?
McMagnus @ 10/2/2002 1:36:23 AM #
They look like communications paths between a Clie and a Vaio. The top two are probably WiFi-cards, the left one is the Compact Flash version for the Clie and the right one probably fits in a Vaio.

The botton two are a Clie Bluetooth MemStick to the left and a Vaio Bleutooth USB dongle to the right.


RE: What are those oddly shaped accessories?
oli61 @ 10/2/2002 1:44:03 AM #
The left one says "PEGA-WL100", so I guess the "WL" means wireless. I think it's the wireless-card for the new port.

RE: What are those oddly shaped accessories?
HandyMan @ 10/2/2002 2:07:13 AM #
The other thing is a WiFi access point.

RE: What are those oddly shaped accessories?
fulmer @ 10/2/2002 4:50:13 AM #
the top left "square" image is the mini-cf card. the top right "square" image is the wireless lan base station.
RE: What are those oddly shaped accessories?
Guinfs @ 10/2/2002 9:13:06 AM #
Top left is the WI-FI CF card, top right WI-FI hub, botton left bluetooth MS and botton right is a bluetooth port that has an USB interface. They are showing the two options for wireless access.

RE: What are those oddly shaped accessories?
Xaositek @ 10/2/2002 9:32:38 AM #
Anyone know if the WiFi card made by Sony will be compatible with the Apple Airport?

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RE: What are those oddly shaped accessories?
Palm_Otaku @ 10/2/2002 1:27:23 PM #
The PEGA-WL100 card is 802.11b compliant so one would expect there should be no problems interfacing with Apple AirPort gear.

BTW, that Sony WiFi card looks *exactly* like the one made by Symbol. If that's the case, it's great news -- it's the best-rated lowest-power-consuming solution out there! :)

- Dan

RE: What are those oddly shaped accessories?
useybird @ 10/2/2002 11:18:51 PM #
On the US site there is a thing called a speaker cable. What is this and how does it work?

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Burning THE Zire: A fun recreational activity involving setting Palm's new crappy handheld ablaze.
Speaker *cradle* not cable ;-)
Palm_Otaku @ 10/3/2002 8:05:09 PM #

ill-smelling it is!

Red Mercury @ 10/2/2002 1:24:11 AM #
Related product & accessory
As for line-up this way.

Selling price: 59,800 Circle (classified by tax * postage extra) Product information (to Sony Drive)

Furthermore the PalmcOs which evolved (R) 5, the high-speed CPU Intel R PXA250 (the 200MHz) with loading, Internet and the mail the ƒTƒNƒTƒN!

* Privacy liquid crystal film present!
* Software the coupon which can be used even in download 3,000 cyclotomic offers!
(It is period limitation up to 2002/11/30!)
* PHS CF card desired one being free in everyone, it presents!
(In utilization it is necessary for you to make a contract with the separate DDI Pocket)
* Stylish SONY style original case generous treatment sale!
* Preceding and reservation in the one which it receives the postage free coupon present!

Selling price: 49,800 Circle (classified by tax * postage extra) Product information (to Sony Drive)

The new Internet browser, the wireless also the software which such as NetFront Ver.3.0 for ƒNƒŠƒG and CLIE Mail Ver.2.0 enjoys is quantity, ill-smelling it is!

* Privacy liquid crystal film present!
* Software the coupon which can be used even in download 3,000 cyclotomic offers!
(It is period limitation up to 2002/11/30!)
* PHS CF card desired one being free in everyone, it presents!
(In utilization it is necessary for you to make a contract with the separate DDI Pocket)
* Stylish SONY style original case generous treatment sale!
* Preceding and reservation in the one which it receives the postage free coupon present!

Selling price: 29,800 Circle (classified by tax * postage extra) Product information (to Sony Drive)

At the time of a certain the portable game machine, at the time of a certain the publisher's series which is settled entirely in the palm. The high performance closely in the small body.

* Period * quantity limitation! Popularity game software no charge present!
* Privacy liquid crystal film at generous treatment sale offer!

Selling price: 39,800 Circle (classified by tax * postage extra) Product information (to Sony Drive)

High speed CPU and the Dragonball Super VZ 66mHz speed up the operation impression. Furthermore it loaded music playback function and as the entertainment equipment which evolved the charm sufficient.

* Privacy liquid crystal film present!
* Buying, the original set which it can enjoy directly the preparation!

Copyright 2002 Sony Marketing (Japan) Inc. | | | |

RE: ill-smelling it is!
Admin @ 10/2/2002 1:29:15 AM #
English - Japanese translations are always instant humor! Great stuff.
RE: ill-smelling it is!
RSC @ 10/2/2002 2:23:58 PM #
But Master Yoda, *why* does it stink? ;)

RE: ill-smelling it is!
andrewholler @ 1/17/2003 10:33:42 PM #
Ill smelling? how can a list smell/Stink?
Whats wrong with it, it's all just a bunch of legal mumbojumbo to me.

Email me about anything at
Current PDA:= Palm M130
by the way, Can someone buy me a TT?


carr7 @ 10/2/2002 1:29:39 AM #
The only thing keeping me from buying this is built-in bluetooth. The memory stick adapter is just too expensive and takes up the slot. With 16meg memory the slot will need to be free for extra memory.

RE: Bluetooth
big_raji @ 10/2/2002 1:41:16 AM #
Definitely agree. I'm actually tempted to go from my NR70v to a Tungsten, believe it or not.

The black casing sure looks cool though.

George W. Bush at his best!

RE: Bluetooth
carr7 @ 10/2/2002 1:43:15 AM #
As much as I would like to have the nice screen, I too am looking at the Tungsten for its compactness and bluetooth adapter.

I just got a T68i phone and am looking forward to the bluetooth connection.

Battery life
XScale @ 10/2/2002 1:51:25 AM #
I sure hope Sony has given the battery more juice. If not, I can only imagine how bad battery life is going to be with WiFi going.

RE: Bluetooth
speed-angel @ 10/2/2002 2:33:48 AM #
Personally I think the bluetooth memorystick would do the just needs to be below 100

I won't dare to go Tungsten and I think it would not compare to this

Palm Tungsten T vs. Sony Clié PEG-NX70V
pdangel @ 10/2/2002 3:15:38 AM #
Sony will introduce the PEGA-MSB1, a Memory Stick that adds Bluetooth connectivity to its CLIE line of PDAs, to the European market. I'd be surprised if Sony chose to not introduce the PEGA-MSB1 into the US market as 'some Bluetooth/802.11 facts':
Palm Tungsten T vs Sony Clié PEG-NX70V
6 PDA's with Built-in Bluetooth
Palm Wireless Connectivity Strategy

"There are 2 kind of people my friend....those with wires and those without"

RE: Bluetooth
skccs @ 10/2/2002 3:40:33 AM #
I agree, no bluetooth together with the memory-stick ist really bad. There is no Email and no Internet-Standard. Depending on what kind of attachement you use, you will have to load the appropriate email-client from your memory-stick, as you can't keep all these apps within your 16 mb ram. Add avantgo, blazer, xino and the new bundled high-res! browser from sony. Add some SMS-Bluetooth apps a.s.o.

As former japanese users of the n760 (US-Modell) already had the bluetooth-serial-donggle! (PEGA-BT700) which works with my european n770c too (for dial-up networking only as other apps don't know the japanese drivers) and could still use their memory-stick, I think they might want have the same functionality with thery nx-series pda.

I think the following link could be a cf-bluetooth-adapter (the text beneath the picture writes bluetooth):

scroll down to the 6. picture from top):

Christian Stocker

RE: Bluetooth
fulmer @ 10/2/2002 4:58:44 AM #
the 6th image from the top is a wi-fi mini-cf card. it says "optional accessory" for the bluetooth adapter.
RE: Bluetooth
skccs @ 10/2/2002 6:37:57 AM #
I did a babelfish-translation from the text to the 6. picture (which I suppose is a thirdparty and compatible cf-bluetooth-adapter):

If the communication adapter *1 and the Bluetooth of selling separately (the TM) you use *2 module, Internet connection the wireless. If the " CLIE Mail " it can do also the sending and receiving of the attachment file. In addition, you bring up the mail and the WEB data from the personal computer, can also peruse with offline.

*1 The communication card of compact flash type is necessary.
*2 The correspondence portable telephone and the access point are necessary.

Christian Stocker

RE: Bluetooth
Palm_Otaku @ 10/2/2002 2:03:47 PM #
I'm very disappointed the new model doesn't have integrated Bluetooth too.

Just an additional note here: the PEGA-BT700 clipon for the S- and N-series was a very early bleeding-edge product and was compliant with the Bluetooth 1.0 spec. Unfortunately, Bt 1.0 has quite limited support for some of the cool protocols, so if you're looking to get into Bluetooth keep this in mind!

The vast majority of Bt-devices that are currently on the market (and due for release) are all Bt 1.1 spec. My experience has been *extremely* positive with all the 1.1 gear I've tried (with the exception of the iPAQ 3870 - but that's a different story!)

- Dan

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