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Productivity is no-problem with Toshiba’s new range of Pocket PCs

  • 27 November, 2003 16:24

<p>Sydney: 27 November, 2003 — In keeping with its focus upon mobile and wireless computing, Toshiba (Australia) Pty. Limited, Information Systems Division (ISD) has announced its new range of Pocket PCs with two new models on the market. Being some of the smallest and lightest available, and with advanced features and wireless connectivity, the new e400 and e800 Pocket PCs are designed to maximise productivity for the mobile professional.</p>
<p>Hands-free voice applications
The Pocket PC e400 and e800 models both incorporate voice command and text-to-speech functions to facilitate quicker completion of tasks. Users can access their appointments, contact information plus other functions through simple commands which will open applications without the need to use the stylus. The text-to-speech functionality also enables emails to be read aloud, offering users the benefits of hands-free, even whilst driving.</p>
<p>World’s first four inch screen
The e800 model boasts the world’s first 4” screen, the largest currently on the market, whilst the e400 model features a 3.5” display area. Both models also offer enhanced screen brightness through a diagonal colour trans-reflective display, allowing users to more easily view information.</p>
<p>The range has been designed to be thin and lightweight, easily fitting into a handbag or pocket. At only 137g and 77 x 125 x 10.15 – 12.49 mm, the e400 is smaller than the average wallet and one of the smallest on the market.</p>
<p>Three-levels of data protection
Toshiba has uniquely incorporated a 72 hour data protection facility as standard in the new range, so even in the event of a battery running flat, data is as safe as possible. This data protection window extends to 180 hours of battery life when using the optional larger battery in the e800 model. This is a significant improvement on other models on the market where users will lose data when battery power is lost. The automated backup function in the range also allows users to schedule backup of their information on a required basis.</p>
<p>Judi Liddiard, Product Manager: Pocket PCs said, “Work is a function you perform, not a place that you go. Toshiba’s new range of Pocket PCs was designed to enable the mobile professional to make their travel time far more productive. The new ease-of-use features, plus the limited size and weight mean the e400 and e800 are perfect tools for professionals on the move. For personal use, the new range is an eye-catching and beneficial device for remaining in-touch and organised.”</p>
<p>Wireless connectivity
Integrated Wi-Fi® (802.11b) connectivity is available in the e800 model giving users convenient access to the Internet and corporate network from any wireless hotspot. This model also features Voice over IP (VoIP) capability and Toshiba’s ConfigFree software for simple set up of single or multiple WiFi profiles. The e800 also comes in a Bluetooth model for connectivity to other Bluetooth devices such as mobile phones, computers and printers.</p>
<p>Conversion into fully-functional PC
A USB host cable option is incorporated into both models of the new range, for connection into any USB device including keyboards, printers, mice and storage devices. The e800 also comes with an expansion pack option enabling connection to an external monitor or projector through a VGA port, a particularly valuable option when delivering presentations.</p>
<p>Pricing
e400 $599 incl. GST
e800 Bluetooth $1199 incl. GST
e800 WiFi $1249 incl. GST</p>
<p>Product Specifications</p>
<p>Pocket PC e800 Series
Intel® PXA263 processor with Intel XScale™ technology at 400MHz
Microsoft® Mobile Software for Pocket PC 2003 Premium Edition
4.0" diagonal colour transreflective display (240 x 320 resolution) and (480 x 640 resolution)4
64K colour
32MB ROM
128MB user memory
32MB NAND Flash memory
Secure Digital™ and CompactFlash® II card slots
Integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) wireless connectivity¹
Optional headset for convenient, portable hands-free operation
IrDA
Speaker and Microphone
Removable/Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Dimensions: 77x135 x16.7mm
Weight: BT 195g, WiFi 197g
Additional Software: World Clock, Toshiba Voice Recorder, Toshiba Text-to-Speech for Pocket PC, Voice Command, Toshiba ConfigFree™ Software (WiFi), Toshiba VoIP Software (WiFi) and ClearVue™
USB cradle</p>
<p>Pocket PC e400 Series
Intel® PXA261 processor with Intel XScale™ technology at 300MHz
Microsoft® Mobile Software for Pocket PC 2003 Professional Edition
3.5" diagonal colour transreflective display (240 x 320 resolution)
64K colour
16MB ROM
64MB user memory
32MB NAND Flash memory
Secure Digital slot
Optional Bluetooth connectivity via an SD Bluetooth card
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IrDA
Speaker and Microphone
Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Dimensions: 77x125x10-15-12.49mm
Weight: 137g
Additional Software: World Clock, Toshiba Voice Recorder, Toshiba Text-to-Speech for Pocket PC and Voice Command
USB Client Cable</p>
<p>-ENDS-</p>
<p>About Toshiba
Toshiba’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 165,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over US$47 billion on a consolidated basis.</p>
<p>Unique among vendors, Toshiba ISD specialises exclusively in mobile solutions and services and is also the only leading computer brand that is 100 per cent channel-centric. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&amp;D budget roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area.</p>
<p>Toshiba pioneered the notebook market in 1985 and in recent years, Toshiba ISD extended its solutions offering for Australia and New Zealand with the inclusion of a range of projectors, Pocket PCs and personal storage products.</p>
<p>Committed to People, Committed to the Future. Toshiba
Issued by Howorth Communications on behalf of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited, Information Systems Division.</p>
<p>Toshiba’s Virtual Pressroom: www.isd.toshiba.com.au</p>

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