Sony Japan Unveils the Clie TH55 and TJ37
Sony Japan has announced 2 new clie handhelds for Japan. The TH55 features built in Wi-Fi a larger 320x480 portrait screen and a integrated digital camera. The T37 has a square 320x320 screen and a built in digital camera. Both models will be available this month.
Sony Clie TH55
The TH55 runs Palm OS 5.2.1 and has a high res+ 320x480 pixel, TFT 65k color screen. The model features built in Wi-Fi (802.11b) as well as an, 300k pixel VGA digital camera on the back, IR port, stereo headphone output jack and a Memory Stick PRO slot. It comes with 32MB of RAM, of which the full 32MB is user available.
Internally the TH55 runs the Sony "Handheld engine" the sony custom chip-set that first debuted on the UX50. Under the hood of the "engine" is a Sony manufactured ARM926 based processor, a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), and a CXD2230GA graphics accelerator. The processor speed varies between 8 MHz and 123 MHz, to prolong battery life and varies the speed depending on system demand.
This unit's front-side is dominated by the large portrait only display and has row of small of application buttons along the bottom. It has a integrated clear flip cover, similar to the TG50, to protect the display. On the backside of the device, is a built in camera, which has a retractable lens cover. Above the camera is a different, top rear center mounted jog dial with left and right directional arrows and a back button. The unit is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery.
The TH55 will include a new PIM suite developed by Sony called the Clie Organizer. The new software builds on the classic Palm OS PIM functionality, and adds a new level of multimedia and organizational functionality.
Its dimensions are approximately 3 × 4 7/ 8 × 17/ 32 inches (73.3 × 121.5 × 13.4 mm) (w/h/d). With the cover attached it is approx. 3 × 4 / 8 × / 8 inches (73.3 × 121.5 × 15.7 mm). It weighs 5.8 oz (165 g) without the cover, 20g more with it attached.
The device will sell in Japan for around 40,000 YEN or roughly $370 USD. Pre-orders for the model in Japan will go on sale Feb 9th, with the handheld shipping and available by Feb 14th. It is likely it could be announced in the US around the time of the PalmSource developer conference next week.
The TJ37 has a 320x320 pixel, 65K TFT color screen and a built in 300k pixel VGA camera on the back. For number crunching is has a 200 MHz Motorola i.MXL dragonball ARM processor. For memory the model has 32MB of RAM (of which 23MB user accessible). It also has a IR port, stereo headphone out jack and a Memory Stick slot.
Its dimensions are approximately 3 x 4.5 x 17/32 inches (w/h/d) or (75 x 113 x 13.2mm) and weigh 5 ounces or 145g. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery. The TJ37 has a suggested retail of 30,000 Yen, or roughly $275 USD.
Information previously leaked about the US model indicated the TJ37 would have build in Wi-Fi. There is no word of this in the Japanese specs, though this could very well change when officially announced in North America. Both models have already been approved in the US by the FCC.
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