Feeds

Sony leaks Palm-based device details

Gives Wall Street Journal an early, pre-PC Expo play

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Sony will this week show off its upcoming Palm-based multimedia-capable handheld computer, according to the Wall Street Journal, which clearly had a sneak preview of the gadget.

According to the paper, Sony's as-yet-unnamed device will ship in a blue and silver colour scheme. That suggests to us, it's going to come out under Sony's Vaio brand, family members of which also ship with blue and silver styling.

It will also sport a Memory Stick slot, again meeting Sony's standard spec. for connectible devices. There's not direct Net access, apparently, but a plug-in modem has to be on the cards. Heck, Sony could even use fellow licensee Handspring's Springboard now that the add-in technology is available to third-parties under an open licence.

"The Sony device will weigh a light 5.3 ounces, be narrower than the stylish Palm V and thinner than the Palm III, and come in black-and-white as well as color versions," explained an unusually gushing Journal. It also boasts a "JogDial scrolling and highlighting button that allows users to manoeuvre the screen with one hand".

Sony wouldn't discuss the device's multimedia technology with the Wally, but the company's own comments after announcing its licensing deal with Palm - Palm's too, for that matter - suggest that that's clearly an area the consumer electronics giant wants to tackle.

"We are certainly looking at audio/video capability as the key to the growth of this market," Takashi Sugiyama, general manager of Sony's network-service business center, told the WASJ.

"By us entering the market, we think we can expand this market tenfold," he claimed. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.