Toshiba launches Wi-Fi integrated Pocket PC

Toshiba has released a Pocket PC with integrated wireless connectivity and increased processing power to boost sales to the...

Toshiba has released a Pocket PC with integrated wireless connectivity and increased processing power to boost sales to the high-end corporate market.

The Toshiba Pocket PC e740 is the company's third foray into the handheld market, and follows the Pocket PC e310, which was released earlier this year. But unlike the e310, which was more of an organiser with expandability options aimed at the consumer market, the e740 was designed with an on-the-go corporate user in mind.

Priced at $599 (£405), the Pocket PC comes with integrated 802.11b Wi-Fi wireless connectivity, and an Intel PXA250 chip with 400MHz processing speed. The e310, by comparison, comes with an Intel StrongArm 206MHz processor and is priced at $399 (£270).

The e740 also boasts 64M bytes of RAM and 32M bytes of ROM. It comes with two card slots, Secure Digital and CompactFlashII, and boasts a 3.5-inch 240-by-320-pixel colour display. It also comes with an Advanced Lithium-ion battery to support the extra processing power.

The e740 operates on Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002 operating system and weighs 178 grams.

In addition to the handheld's Wi-Fi capabilities, users can also purchase a Bluetooth SD Card for $149 (£100) for wireless connectivity.

"This is not really a data creation device as much as it is a data-viewing device," said Carl Pinto, director of product marketing at Toshiba.

Users of the e740 can view PowerPoint presentations on the screen thanks to the bundled software and the Toshiba Expansion Pack, which integrates an RGB monitor port and a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port that can connect the handheld to USB devices, such as a full-sized keyboard.

For multimedia purposes, the e740 comes with a speaker and microphone and a stereo headphone minijack.

The launch of the e740 is just part of the company's new focus on mobility, according to Pinto.

"This handheld is a further development in our entire range of mobility products," Pinto said. "Wireless is really becoming the standard of communication."

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