Feeds

Sharp launches next-gen Zaurus, promises 3G wireless version

Linux-based model coming too

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Sharp said today that it is producing a handheld based on the next-generation of its Zaurus PDA and incorporating support for 3G wireless technology for Japanese cellular telco NTT DoCoMo, but it wouldn't say when it will ship.

"We are developing a 3G PDA for DoCoMo but can't say when it will come out," said Yoichi Sakai, Sharp's corporate director and general manager of comms systems, at a Tokyo press conference.

Well, let's see. DoCoMo's current 3G trial is expected to become a commercial service open to all on 1 October, according to a Reuters report.

And Sharp has been telling anyone who will listen that it's updating its Zaurus line to run Linux and will ship the new machine in October. Now, the Linux-based machine isn't going to ship in Japan - the local version will, instead, run Sharp's own Zaurus OS - but it will ship in the US. A version will ship early next year in Europe alongside a model designed specifically as a wireless data unit.

Oh, and Sharp's own Web site has a pic of the new machine complete with plug-in wireless antenna.

Throw in the Christmas spend-fest (everyone hopes) right in the middle of that set of the above dates, and you've got a pretty good idea of when Sharp is likely to ship its 3G PDA, we reckon. Soon, in other words.

Sharp's press conference was convened to launch the Zaurus MI-E21, the local version of the Linux-based PDA Sharp is hoping will win it back domination of the electronic organiser/PDA market, long lost to Palm. It hopes the new machine, in all its forms, will make over one million sales worldwide during its first year.

Sitting on top of the Zaurus OS - and Linux, for that matter - is UK software developer Tao's souped-up Java virtual machine set-up, Elate and Intent, to provide games and multimedia features - it supports MPEG-4 and MP3, for example. The hardware contains an SD/MMC card slot, a colour screen and an Intel Xscale processor. ®

Related Stories

Sharp signs Intel for Linux PDA's processor
Sharp Linux PDA to be first next-gen Amiga device
Sharp to beat Palm with Linux, Java - official

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.