Sony N770C to be Displayed in Germany

According to heise on-line, Sony is going to demonstrate a German version of its N series handheld at the IFA 2001 trade show, which starts tomorrow. The PEG-N770C has the same 320 by 320 color screen as the rest of the N series and can play both MP3 and ATRAC3 encoded digital music.

According to the site, it runs Palm OS 4.1 and includes PictureGear Pocket and gMovie.

Sony hasn't yet said when this device will be available or what it will cost.

In addition, they also mention that a digital camera module for the N770C will be on display. Assumably, this will work with any N series handheld.

The page is in German. Here's how Babelfish translates it:

    multicolored and sound: Sonys of new PDA Clié PEG-N770c
    Electronics giant Sony presents the MP3-faehigen Handheld Clié PEG-N770C with color display in hall 18, status 1. In the USA Sony has already since longer color PDAs on Palm OS base in the program; now the company makes also in Germany Ernst. The extras for the European market developed Handheld has a reflektives TFT color display (320 x of 320 pixels), which represents over 65.000 colours. It plays both MP3 and ATRAC3-Audiodateien and comes along already with the fire-new Palm OS in the version 4.1. As usual is the case for Sony PDAs, also that may not naturally be missing to MEMORY stick plumb bob and the Jog dial Raedchen.

    Optionally even a camera module for the minicomputer is to be available. So that the user can enjoy the colour joy also so correctly, Sony the Handheld wants still the small picture handling program PictureGear, which video Player gMovie and the Web software AvantGo in the sales version settle. When decorations the device will have to be had in Germany and at which price, wanted Sony to date yet does not admit to give.

Thanks to rldunn for sending in this tip. -Ed

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Memory stick

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/24/2001 11:22:02 AM #
Memory stick plumb bob: it's a new form of storage which can check how vertical edges are. Useful for builders, architects, etc.

RE: Memory stick
Moosecat @ 8/24/2001 11:43:42 AM #
I KNEW the Memory Stick slot would eventually be useful for something.

RE: Memory stick
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/24/2001 11:49:37 AM #
I think 'memory stick plump bob' was just a wrong english translation of Babel Fish. It was just saying that it has a memory stick slot. :)

Plumb bob
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/24/2001 11:55:30 AM #
As usual Babelfish is true to it's name-sake.
The problem was that it attempted to translate something already in english into english.
Points from the article that were not clearly translated include:
It has a "memory stick slot" and "jog dial"
No announcement has been made as to availability or price in Germany.
It will include photoediting software.

With all the rumors and this press release...

rsuplido @ 8/24/2001 11:54:27 AM #
The trend I suppose is Sony will be stopping the production of the 710c's and release a 710c2, 750c, 760c, or 770c with OS 4.x and 16-bit color. No change in appearance, just the OS, and the packaging. To avoid the commotion from 710c owners, I suppose they will provide an OS 4.x upgrade.

Isn't this the best solution?

os 4.1

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/24/2001 11:59:58 AM #
has anyone heard of an update of os 4.1 available for the n710c?

Sony Is Getting Aggressive

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/24/2001 12:03:18 PM #
It seems that Sony is getting serious in the PDAs games. I hope more accessories will be available for all Clies. Wonder what will be announced in IFA2001 in Berlin, World PC Expo at Tokyo next month and Comdex Fall 2001 - Dua mem stick? 256meg MS? More MS modules? Getting interesting.....

RE: Sony Is Getting Aggressive
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/24/2001 12:08:46 PM #
I meant Duo mem stick, not Dua mem stick.

RE: Sony Is Getting Aggressive
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/24/2001 2:29:13 PM #
Any word on internet access. If they are going to be aggressive they need either an add-on or an all in one unit. I would probably make the jump if they had internet access.

I love Babelfish translations

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/24/2001 12:32:54 PM #
they make me laugh.... :-)

SONY and marketing.

ardiri @ 8/24/2001 12:34:35 PM #
has it ever occured to anyone that the n750, n760 and n770 may be rumors and, if in fact they are real, they are sony's way of doing their marketing for the same unit with different language bases?

i mean, lets look at the N700C - japanese. N710C - english, maybe the N770C is the efigs version (english, french, italian, german and spanish) targetting the european market.

maybe 4.1 is their way of building the efigs rom image. Palm, Inc have different rom images to, reflecting language - however, they just didn't change the name of the unit.

// az

RE: SONY and marketing.
I.M. Anonymous @ 9/8/2001 9:22:32 PM #
I've seen a pic of the N770 and it was similar to the original CLIE but with color details.

OS Upgrade

choong @ 8/24/2001 2:58:23 PM #
If Sony really are releasing all these new improved models they will disenchant a great number of their customers if they do not release an OS4 OS4.1 upgrade for the 710c...

Even with OS 3.5.2 I managed to buy the ONLY unit in Singapore with a corrupted OS. If Sony are serious about the handheld market they better not ignore everyone that already has a 710c.

It's bad enough that the 610 series has a better screen resolution than the supposed flagship model the 710c...

Sony, I'm waiting...

RE: OS Upgrade
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/24/2001 4:23:33 PM #
710 and 610 have identical screen resolution 320x320. 610 has more depth 8 vs 16.

An attempt at a better translation

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/26/2001 11:42:03 PM #
Electronic giant Sony is displaying the mp3 capable handheld Clié PED-N770C with color display in Hall 18. Sony has already had Palm OS based color PDAs for some time but this marks the their first serious effort in Germany. The PDA, developed for the European market, has a reflective TFT-color screen (320x320 pixels) that can display 65,000 colors. It even plays mp3s as well as ATRAC3 files and comes ready with a brand new version of the OS, Palm OS 4.1. As is usually the case for Sony PDAs, the the Memory-stick slot and the jog-dial are present.

An optional camera model for the PDA will be available. So the user can truly enjoy the color capable PDA, Sony will include a small image editing program called PictureGear, a video player gMovie, and the web software AvantGo in the retail version. Sony has not yet released at what price and when the device will be available in Germany.



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