Samsung readies WLAN-enabled handheld PC

Samsung Electronics will introduce next month a handheld PC with integrated support for wireless LANs (WLANs), the company announced Thursday at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany.

Based on a 400MHz PXA255 processor from Intel, the 240-gram Nexio XP30 measures 15.4 centimeters by 9.1 centimeters by 1.34 centimeters and sports a 5-inch widescreen TFT (thin film transistor) LCD (liquid crystal display) that supports WVGA (800 pixels by 480 pixels) resolution.

The handheld computer ships with 64M bytes of flash memory, 128M bytes of SDRAM (synchronous RAM), support for 802.11b wireless networks, and has one CF II slot and a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port.

The Nexio XP30 is based on Microsoft's Windows CE .Net 4.1 operating system and includes the Pocket Office application suite and Internet Explorer 5.5.

In addition to the Nexio XP30's standard stylus, customers can also purchase an optional keyboard cover. An extended-life battery pack is also available as an upgrade to replace the standard 1500mAh rechargeable li-polymer battery that comes with the Nexio XP30.

The company plans to launch the device in Hong Kong during the second half of the year and is eyeing shipments to the U.S. and Europe in 2005, it said.

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