ViewSonic, a maker of computer screens and flat-panel displays, will soon
launch a new handheld V35 computer using Microsoft’s Pocket PC operating
system. The PDA will have Intel’s 300 MHz X-Scale processor, 32 MB flash
memory, a 64,000-color display and a Secure Digital (SD) slot.
"Performance and ease of use are priorities for our customers, but price
is still the number-one determining factor for most everyday users," says
David Feldman of ViewSonic. "With the V35, consumers shopping for a
personal digital assistant will no longer have to sacrifice functionality,
application familiarity and style for affordability," he adds.
product will be available by early November. "At a cost of $299, it is the
cheapest PDA running Microsoft software to date," says Ed Suwanjindar, a
mobile devices product manager at Microsoft. "The device is one of the
thinnest and lightest Pocket PC PDAs out in the market, but still has a great
price point," he adds.
Microsoft is trying to move its software away from the desktop and into
living rooms and people’s pockets to make itself less dependent on PCs running
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