Dell introduces new handheld to South African market

JOHANNESBURG (11/26/2003) - Dell Inc. Wednesday expanded its handheld product family by introducing its newest member, the Axim X3. The unit weighs 142 g, and measures 1.4 cm thick.

The Axim X3 aims to deliver bright color displays, removable primary batteries, SD I/O, consumer infrared and optional built-in wireless networking.

It is available in three configurations: one with integrated Wi-Fi 802.11b for R3 560 (US$86) and two non-wireless configurations for R2 220 and R2 660, including VAT and delivery, Dell adds.

The Axim X3 handheld comes with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile 2003 software for pocket PC, and pocket versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger and Windows Media Player, the company adds. The Axim X3 will also come with one-year advanced exchange service standard.

Both the R3 560 and R2 660 configurations are powered by the Intel Xscale processor at 400MHz, and offer 64MB of SDRAM and 64MB of Intel StrataFlash ROM, Dell adds.

The built-in Secure Digital IO slot can host a number of devices, the company claims. A 3.5-inch transflective TFT color display is said to be standard on all Axim X3 configurations, with 240 x 320 (QVGA) resolution. The unit's sync/recharge cradle -- standard on R3 560 and R2 660 configurations -- is said to have an extra battery charge slot that accommodates either a spare standard battery (950 mAh) or the available high-capacity (1 800 mAh) battery.

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