ViewSonic, best known for computer monitors and displays, is dipping into the handheld market, announcing a low-cost Pocket PC device scheduled to ship in November.
With a price tag of $299, The ViewSonic V35 Pocket PC is expected to the be the least expensive Pocket PC handheld on the market, said Ed Suwanjiandar, product manager for Microsoft’s mobile devices division. He called it a “sweet spot” price that would put it in better competition with devices that run operating systems from PalmSource.
“We’re taking price away as a point where we’ve been disadvantaged,” he said.
The ViewSonic V35 Pocket PC will weigh 4.9 ounces, include a 300-MHz Intel XScale processor, and have 32MB of flash memory and 64MB of RAM. It will also feature a 3.5-inch, 240-by-320 pixel LCD, and support 64,000 colors. It will come with an SD expansion slot, speaker, headphone jack, microphone, and a jog dial.
ViewSonic said it would ship a custom PowerPoint