Acer brings Bluetooth to PocketPC line

Slimline PDA

Reg Kit Watch Acer has updated its PocketPC family with a model it has already dubbed the "wireless wonder", launching the device in Taiwan today.

Acer n30 Bluetooth PocketPCThe hyperbole isn't entirely warranted, however: while the new n30 brings Bluetooth to the line-up, it's missing the Wi-Fi and GPRS connectivity you might expect such a named device to carry.

Acer currently only offers one Wi-Fi PDA, the n20w, in certain territories in the Asia-Pacific region.

The n30 is driven by a Samsung S3C2410 CPU clocked to 266MHz. It contains 64MB of SDRAM and 32MB of Flash ROM. The screen is the usual 3.5in 240 x 320 display, and the device runs the first edition of Windows Mobile 2003.

Acer's new model is a compact 11.8 x 7.1 x 1.3cm and weighs 130g, so it's both slimmer and lighter than its n10 predecessor. It provides a single SD IO/MMC slot for expansion, though the n10 offers a CompactFlash connector, one of the reasons for its bigger bulk. Inside the n30 is a 1000mAh rechargeable battery.

The n30 is expected to retail for around $280 in the US and is already available in the UK for around £180. ®

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