Sony announces two digicam-equipped Clies|
(Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 18:42 EDT)
Sony Japan has announced two new additions to its Clie lineup of Palm OS PDAs, both featuring built-in digital cameras.
The Sony Clie PEG-UX40 and UX50's cameras are only VGA (640 x 480 pixel) resolution, much lower than the 2 megapixel camera in the Clie PEG-NZ90. That said, though, they more than make up for this with a much smaller overall size and some features that are unusual or even unique compared to similar devices. Both Clies have a landscape-format LCD display, a built-in keyboard with backlight, Bluetooth connectivity and a Memory Stick slot allowing for storage expansion. The -UX50 adds built-in 802.11b wireless LAN connectivity.
These new Clies could prove a useful way to have a digital camera with you at all times, albeit a very low resolution one. They could also double as an image viewer for anybody with a Memory Stick-based digicam - the 153,600 pixel 3.2-inch LCD displays they feature are larger and higher-resolution than those built into most digital cameras. Sony Style is taking preorders for the new Clies at a cost of US$600 for the PEG-UX40, and US$700 for the PEG-UX50. The higher-spec -UX50 model will ship first, either on or before September 12th, and will be followed by the -UX40 on or before September 26th.