Dell launches new PDA

Dell launches new PDA

LAS VEGAS'Dell Computer Corp. opened this week's 2005 Consumer Electronics Show with the release of the latest member of its Axim family of personal digital assistant.

The Axim X50v features a large 3.7-inch VGA display that provides clear images at 640- by 480-pixel resolution. The viewing area makes documents easy to see and edit, and with an integrated Intel 2700G graphics accelerator, the Axim X50v can handle DVD-quality video playback.

Powered by the next-generation Intel PXA270 processor, the Axim X50v boasts better multimedia performance and a longer battery life than its predecessors, Dell officials said. It runs Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software for Pocket PCs with embedded applications such as Word, Excel and Internet Explorer, making it a useful tool for mobile government users on the go.

In addition, the X50v supports an optional presentation bundle that takes advantage of dual display capability, which lets users connect the X50v to a projector or VGA display and deliver presentations.

The $500 X50v comes with 802.11b wireless connectivity. Along with the operating system's Zero Configuration feature, the X50v makes it easy to find and connect to any 802.11b hotspot.

Other features of the X50v include Bluetooth support and Compact Flash and Secure Digital expansion slots. Expect to see a hands-on review in a future issue of GCN.

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