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Sony unveils Palm OS 4.0 Clié PDA

Not N750C, not N760C but N770C

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Sony's updated Clié PDA isn't the PEG-N750C or the PEG-N760C - it's the PEG-N770C.

And, as expected, it looks like it's little more than a PEG-N710C bundled with Palm OS 4, allowing it to offer 16-bit colour. The 710C has the hardware for 16-bit colour, but shipped with Palm OS 3, which maxed out at 8-bit.

Details of the N770C appeared on Sony's German Web site after Sony Deutschland unveiled the machine at a local consumer electronics show.

Says the site: "The new Clié PEG-N770C electronic organiser is capable of displaying as many as 65,536 colors on its high-resolution (320 x 320) TFT LCD." It also sports "an integrated audio player capable of reproducing ATRAC3 and MP3 files in top quality by way of external speakers or headphones" and 'operating system of the highly portable PEG-N770C is the most recent release, Palm OS 4.0".

The official arrival of the N770C follows rumours that Sony was about to launch a 32-bit colour PDA, the N750C. That claim was quickly dismissed by Sony watchers, many of whom suggested that the new model was actually going to be called the N760C and would simply bring PalmOS 4 to the existing N710C.

Sony Deutschland didn't say when the N770C will ship or how much it will cost, but sources suggest it will go on sale in Germany (and, we'd reckon, elsewhere too) late September. The local price (for local people) will be DM1200 ($560). ®

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