Toshiba has announced a new low-cost personal digital assistant (PDA), the Pocket PC e330.
The device is based on an Intel XScale PXA250 300MHz processor with 64 MB Ram, compared to the StrongArm 206 processor and 32 MB Ram used in its predecessor, the Pocket PC e310.
Jonathan Ferman, product manager for options and PDAs at Toshiba, said that differences in performance between the two processors were minimal for everyday applications.
But for more intensive tasks like video playback and document encryption, Ferman claims a performance increase of between 20 and 60 per cent. To achieve these improvements, applications must be optimised to work with XScale.
The processor also provides better power management, reducing consumption for less demanding tasks such as reading ebooks.
"The main users of the Pocket PC e330 will be consumers wanting more from their PDA than just a diary, but at a low cost," said Ferman.
"We also anticipate some interest from businesses where portability is important," he added.
Toshiba will also be offering a USB-enabled connector - expected to cost around £15 - to allow the attachment of standard USB devices such as mouse and keyboard to the device, and is investigating further peripherals, such as satellite navigation, for the future.
High street retailers including John Lewis and Dixons will stock the Pocket PC e330, costing £349 inc VAT.
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