Sony to Ship Palm OS Device

Sony will ship in September a Palm OS-based PDA (personal digital assistant), the Clie.

Sony will ship in September a Palm OS-based PDA (personal digital assistant), the Clie.

The product will bear a recommended retail price of $US399 -- exactly the same as that of Palm's sleek Vx model and its colour IIIc model.

The Clie will debut in the United States as a monochrome-only device, indicating Sony is aiming more for the style-conscious Palm Vx user.

Sony's hardware has little to differentiate it from the Palm Vx. It sports the same 8MB of memory and is almost the same size.

At around 4.6 inches by 2.8 inches by 0.6 inches, the Clie is 0.3 inches narrower and 0.2 inches thicker than the Palm Vx; at 4.2 ounces, it weighs around 0.3 ounces more.

The marked difference between the two machines is in support for Sony's MemoryStick; whereas the Palm does not have slots for media cards, the Clie supports MemoryStick, which initially provides a way to expand memory and will, in the future, act as a connector for a range of hardware cards, such as a digital still-camera model.

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