Dell launches a handheld

Dell has unveiled its first handheld computer, the Axim X5, at the Comdex 2002 trade show.

Based on Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC software, the Axim X5 is available in either $199 or $299 configurations. Both configurations feature dual-slot (CompactFlash and Secure Digital) expansion capability.

The $299 Axim X5 configuration is powered by a 400MHz Intel Xscale processor 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 transflective TFT colour display is standard on both Axim X5 configurations, with 240×320 (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 a 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 wide variety of accessories, such as folding and snap-on keyboards and leather carrying case.

The Dell Axim will initially be available in the US and Canada, with plans for other regions in early 2003.