Sony Announces the Clie VZ90 Handheld For Japan
Sony Japan has released a new Clie for the Japanese market only. The Clie PEG-VZ90 is a Palm OS multimedia Clie handheld, that features a large OLED screen, slider hidden buttons, plentiful memory and WiFi.
The Sony Clie VZ90 features a 3.8 inch, 65k color organic EL display, with a 480x320 pixel resolution. According to Sony, the display provides a contrast ratio of 1000:1, a fast response time and a 180-degree viewing angle. This is the first Palm OS handheld to ship with a OLED screen.
The handheld runs Sony's 123 MHz handheld engine system on the Japanese version of Palm OS Garnet v5.2.1. It includes, 64MB of RAM, of which 40MB is user available, as well as 128MB of built in Flash, where 95MB of that is available to the user. The unit also features dual memory expansion, with a memory stick PRO slot and a Compact Flash Type I/II slot that can also accommodate select IO CF expansion cards. The handheld also has built in WiFi wireless and a IR port for connectivity.
The unit places a strong emphasis on multimedia, with a included range of media software for playing audio and mp3's, watching movies (MPEG4 supported) and photos. The screen is primarily orientated horizontally, with a hidden row of buttons and a control pad which slides outs from behind, it is sandwiched on the sides by a pair of stereo speakers. The display can be used in both vertical and horizontal modes, depending on the application. The unit also includes Sony's Clie Organizer PIM software.
The handheld has dimensions of 109mm (W) x 87mm (H) x 23mm (D) (4.3 x 3.4 x .86 inches) and weights in at 270g (9.5 ounces). It has a internal Li-ion Polymer rechargeable battery that Sony claims will last up to 18 days, given 30 minutes of use per day in dim mode.
The VZ90 has a price tag of 89,800 Yen (approximately $820 USD). It will be available in Japan on September 25, but will very unlikely be sold outside of Japan, as Sony has announced they will no longer market or release handhelds for the US and European markets.
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