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Samsung readies Nexio ‘super PDA’ for Europe

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Samsung is due to ship its Nexio S160 PocketPC "super PDA" into Europe later this year, during the third quarter.

Recently launched in Korea and Hong Kong, the S160 falls between the classic PDA palmtop form factor and that of a tablet PC. Based on a 400MHz Intel PXA250 processor and running Windows CE .NET, the 128MB S160 has a typically PocketPC spec.

Click for full size imageHowever, it also sports a 5in 800x480 landscape-orientation 16-bit colour screen, accommodated by a 6.1 x 3.6 x 0.5in (15.25 x 9 x 1.25cm) case. It weighs 8.8oz (250g).

The s160 also offers built-in 802.11b wireless networking. A Compact Flash slot is included for expansion. The front of the device sports a Tungsten-T style navigator wheel/button. A built-in speaker and microphone, and ear/microphone headset socket provide audio in/out. A VGA port supports external display devices - Samsung has its eye on the presentation market.

The S160 ships with a USB synchronisation/recharge cradle which also supports the S160's optional plug-on 53-key keyboard. The keyboard doubles as a screen hard-cover, giving the S160 a look not unlike Psion's NetBook device.

Samsung also offers a plug-in PC Card Type I/II adaptor, which connects via a proprietary port.

The S160 sells for around 7180 Hong Kong dollars (£589, $920). ®

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