N760C No Longer Available from SonyStyle
In what is probably a sign that Sony will release the NR series in the near future, the PEG-N760C is now listed as "Sold Out" on Sony's webstore, SonyStyle. Until now, the N760C was Sony's flagship handheld but it is expected to be superseded in the near future by the NR series, which the company announced in Japan last week.
The N760C offers a 16-bit 320 by 320 pixel screen and a built-in MP3 player. It's still available from online and retail stores but it seems likely that Sony has discontinued it or it would still be selling it on its own webstore.
Sony recently dropped the price of the the N760C from $450 to $400, which set off speculation that Sony was planning on replacing the model, which is the last remaining member of the N series.
In the past, when SonyStyle has listed handhelds as "Sold Out", a few weeks afterwards it announced a replacement for them. For example, SonyStyle first listed the N610C as "Sold Out" on December 20, 2001. On January 15, it announced its replacement, the T615C.
Last week, Sony announced the NR series in Japan and there has been no official word about availability in any other country. The PEG-NR70 and PEG-NR70V both have built-in keyboards and 320 by 480 color screens. They also have built-in MP3 and ATRAC3 audio players and use the 66 MHz Dragonball processor. In addition, the PEG-NR70V has a built-in camera.
Though a few people have doubted whether the NR series would be available outside of Japan, Sony hasn't released a Clié in Japan and then not also done so in the U.S. since the very first generation of its handheld line.
Thanks to markpmc for the tip. -Ed
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