Sharp’s New Zaurus SL-5500 PDA With Communication and Multimedia Capabilities

Sharp Electronics Corp., today announced that its mobile communications and multimedia device, the Zaurus™ SL-5500 Personal Mobile Tool, will be available to consumers nationwide in the first quarter of 2002.

The Zaurus SL-5500 offers consumers everything they need to be truly mobile, from business-critical wireless e-mail to view-anywhere movies and video. Combining the power of a PC with the fun of multimedia, the Zaurus SL-5500 features a powerful 206MHz processor, 64MB of standard memory, and a MP3 and MPEG-1 multimedia player, voice recorder, and a high resolution color screen. A cleverly-designed integrated QWERTY keyboard, and dual expansion with a Compact Flash™ and SD / Multimedia card slot, offer consumers a next-generation mobile device for all their business and personal needs.

The Zaurus SL-5500 will be available for purchase in corporate sales channels, via Sharp’s sales Web site (www.sharpplace.com) and technology retailers nationwide. Sharp made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where it is showcasing many of its latest high technology, high-style products.

“The Zaurus SL-5500 offers consumers a powerful alternative to conventional PDAs,” said Steve Petix, associate vice president, Sharp Mobile Solutions and IT Group. “The new Zaurus SL-5500 combines the functionality of a computer and multimedia system wrapped up in a sleek package perfect for someone on the go.”

The Zaurus SL-5500 is the ideal solution for consumers who like to have everything at their fingertips. The integrated keyboard, located behind a sliding cover, allows for easy data entry and ensures that the unit remains compact when the keyboard is not in use. With handwriting recognition and an on-screen keyboard feature, users have more methods available for data entry than other similar devices on the market.

For the business professional the Zaurus SL-5500 gives users a near in-office experience with its power and versatility. Sharp and Aether (Nasdaq: AETH), a leading provider of wireless data products and services are working together to develop Sharp Mobile Services, an end-to-end wireless solution, including modem ordering, fulfillment, network service, billing, customer service and support. As a wireless device, the Zaurus SL-5500 allows users to check their e-mail in a snap and browse the Web to research a customer while waiting for a flight or while on the road. Because of its open source Linux® /Java™ based platform (with Qt Embedded™ GUI), applications can be easily customized to fit the professional’s personal and business needs.

The Zaurus SL-5500 also comes equipped with an extensive software application package including address book, calendar, calculator, text editor, to do list and Word and Excel viewing and editing capabilities. Its PC synchronization program for Outlook® makes it easy to keep all information up to date on the Zaurus. The device also comes complete with a docking station that features an integrated USB cable, A/C adapter and serial port for easy synchronization.

For those interested in entertainment, the Zaurus SL-5500 incorporates Sharp’s leading LCD technology with a high-definition 65,536 color reflective TFT screen with 240 x 320 resolution offering users a bright and clear screen with vivid color no matter what the lighting, making it simple to view a movie or a pop in a video while on the move. With an Intel® processor, the Zaurus SL-5500 with MP3 and MPEG-1 capabilities provides users with powerful multimedia and multi-processing capabilities in a pocket-sized device.

With two integrated expansion slots, users can enjoy simultaneous use of accessories such as modems, memory, and digital cameras, allowing them to create a unique Zaurus designed specifically for their needs. For maximum flexibility, the Zaurus SL-5500 is compatible with a number of modems, offering customers a variety of wireless options.

In addition, the Zaurus SL-5500 was selected by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) as a Best Of Innovations 2002 honoree for the mobile office category.


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