Dell launches faster Axim

The new Axim X3 handheld computer from Dell Corp. is designed for the executive user who needs more power and speed than most personal digital assistants can deliver.

Its 400-MHz Intel Xscale processor boosts speed. Combined with Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 operating system, the X3 can run Pocket Excel and Pocket Word more efficiently with fewer hang-ups.

The Axim X3 accepts up to 64M of synchronous dynamic RAM and 64M of Intel StrataFlash ROM for a total 128M of memory. Users with that much memory can view high-resolution images on an updated 16-bit, 3.5-inch LCD capable of displaying 240 by 320 pixels and 65,536 colors.

A version of the $229 PDA with embedded IEEE 802.11b WiFi capability costs $341. In comparison with the Axim X5 (Click for GCN review), the X3 design is sleeker and smaller. The form factor change eliminated the X5's CompactFlash slot but kept the Secure Digital slot.

The X3 comes with a removable battery, and the Secure Digital slot can also accept MultiMedia cards. Microphone, speaker and 16-bit stereo are built in. It measures 4.8 by 0.6 by 3 inches and weighs a mere 5 ounces. Stay tuned to the GCN Lab for a full evaluation of the X3.


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