|COMDEX 2002: Dell Unveils Its First Handheld Computer Brand
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The first model, the X5, is based on Microsoft® Windows Powered Pocket PC software and is available in the U.S. in either U.S. $199 or $299 configurations after $50 mail-in rebate or $50 discount (regularly they will have a suggested retail price of $249 and $349, respectively). Both configurations feature dual-slot (CompactFlash® and Secure Digital) expansion capability, sleek design, and a standard 1-year, next-business-day Advanced Exchange service.
"Until today, handheld users have either had to pay a premium for a full-featured system or live with some compromises," said John Medica, vice-president and general manager of Dell Client Products. "We've learned a great deal about this market by listening to customers and waiting for the relevant technologies to standardize, and everything we've learned has gone into the Axim X5. We're pleased to be able to deliver a new level of value and accessibility to the handheld marketplace."
The Axim X5
The $299 Axim X5 configuration is powered by the Intel® Xscale™ processor at 400MHz and offers 64MB of SDRAM, along with 48MB of Intel® StrataFlash™ ROM.
The built-in Secure Digital and CompactFlash slots can host a number of devices ranging from 802.11b wireless adapters to memory expansion.
A 3.5-inch TFT 240x320 QVGA 65K Color Transflective LCD display is standard on both Axim X5 configurations, with 240x320 (QVGA) resolution.
The unit's sync/recharge cradle (standard on $299 configuration) has an extra battery charge slot that accommodates either a spare standard battery (1440 mAh) or the available high-capacity (3400mAh) battery.
Users with lower memory and speed requirements can opt for the X5's $199 configuration, which has an Intel Xscale 300MHz processor, 32MB of SDRAM, 32MB of Flash ROM, and a USB sync cable instead of a cradle, along with all the other features of the $299 unit.
Both units will be offered with a variety of accessories, such as folding and snap-on keyboards and a leather carrying case.
"We're truly excited that Dell is bringing the power and flexibility of the Pocket PC to customers at such a tremendous value," said Juha Christensen, Microsoft corporate vice-president of the Mobile Devices Division. "The Axim X5 delivers a no-compromises Pocket PC experience and opens the door for a broad range of customers to enjoy the benefits of using it."
Features of the Axim include:
Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 Software including Pocket versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, Windows Media Player, and other applications.
1 CompactFlash® Type II Slot
1 Secure Digital Slot
Built-in Microphone & Speaker
Backlit Power Button / Indicator Light
The handhelds weigh 196g (6.9 oz) and measure 128 x 81.5 x 18mm (5 in x 3.2 in x 0.7 in).
Controls and connections include a power button, four application keys, five-way navigator button, scroll dial, record button, and a headphone mini-jack.