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[版面: 掌中宝] [作者:bugsy] , 2002年11月07日12:54:01
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发信人: bugsy (bugsy), 信区: PDA
标  题: Dell Axim X5 (400 MHz)
发信站: The unknown SPACE (Thu Nov  7 12:54:01 2002) WWW-POST




By Roger Hibbert
(11/6/02)
Dell's entry into the handheld market has been rumored for a while, and now
it's official: On November 18, at Comdex, the company will release its new
Axim X5 line of low-priced, color Pocket PCs. The models will start at $249
with a $50 mail-in rebate. True to Dell's form, the XScale-powered Axims will
come in two configurations--a 300MHz model and this 400MHz unit--but don't
expect an Apple- or Sony-like eye-catching design. We got a hands-on demo of
the Axims, as well as an earful from Dell on its plans to upset the card table
of the handhelds game this holiday season.

Dell does its homework
In our meeting with Dell, its reps told us that the company wanted to make the
biggest splash possible with the Axims, so the units are designed to have
everything that anyone could want in a handheld (within reason--no wet bar is
included). Jamming all those components into the Axims makes them a bit big
and bulky, at 0.5 by 3.2 by 0.7 inches and 6.9 ounces. But Dell said that its
polls showed that users are willing to lug around a slightly larger device if
it is packed with features.

And the Axims are indeed packed. The two PDAs differ in processor speed and
storage capacity but are virtually identical in all other respects. As noted,
they come in 400MHz and 300MHz varieties; the $349 high-end model has 48MB of
ROM and 64MB of RAM, while the step-down $249 unit sports 32MB of both RAM and
ROM. Again, Dell is offering a $50 rebate on both models at launch.

Features aplenty
Aside from the processor and the memory, the devices both have the same
impressive specs and run the Pocket PC 2002 OS. The 65,000-color,
transflective display measures 3.5 inches diagonally and offers a QVGA
(320x240 pixels) resolution. You can navigate via the five-way button below
the screen or with a scroll dial on the PDA's side. Power users will
appreciate the fact that the Axims have both CompactFlash Type II and Secure
Digital (SD)/MultiMedia Memory card slots onboard. Such users will also be
glad to find that the lithium-ion battery is not only rechargeable but also
removable. Conveniently, the cradle has another slot for a backup battery,
though the 300MHz flavor will come with only a USB syncing cable.

If all of that isn't enough for you, Dell is also planning a slew of
peripherals for the Axims. More mundane add-ons include fancier protective
cases; two different kinds of keyboards; screen protectors; and extra styli,
cables, cords, and cradles. For expansion options, expect CompactFlash and SD
memory add-ons, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi cards, and a higher-capacity battery.

Priced to move
Undoubtedly, the real story here is the price, and the 300MHz variety's
sub-$199 price tag (with the $50 rebate) will undoubtedly shake up the
handheld world. Dell told us that the rebate will remain in effect as long as
the company can meet demand. If demand for these units becomes too great, Dell
might rescind the offer, but eventually, the Axims' list prices will drop to
$299 and $199, respectively. We can't wait to get these Dell handhelds in the
office for a complete battery of tests, so check back after Comdex later this
month, when we'll have a full review.


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