Philips officially launched its Windows CE-based handheld PC last week, claiming it is up to three times faster than the competition.
The Velo 1, targeted at "on-the-go professionals", is based on the Windows CE platform and is equipped with Microsoft's Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Inbox and Pocket Internet Explorer applications. It will compete against CE-based devices from companies such as Casio, NEC and Compaq.
According to Philips, the machine's "superior speed performance" is down to its chipset, the TwoChipPIC, which has been designed specifically for the company's range of handheld PCs.
The Velo 1 also offers GSM connectivity. It comes with a 230Kbps serial port plus communications software.
According to Philips, this approach keeps price and power consumption down to a minimum, particularly when compared with PC Data Card solutions.
Alan Soucy, general manager of Philips' mobile computing group, commented: "With the GSM connection, professionals can do their job wherever they are without having to carry around a bulky laptop. Velo 1 offers consumers most of the essential functions of a PC or a laptop in a far more portable package."
In addition to the Windows CE functions, the Velo 1 offers Short Message Service (SMS), access to Lotus' cc:Mail and Microsoft's MS Mail systems, as well as a voice memo function which allows users to record, playback and store voice messages.
It also sports two Miniature Card slots, enabling the memory to be expanded and the operating system to be upgraded.
The Velo 1 machine is also supplied with a docking station, which can be used to synchronise information between the Velo 1 and a PC running Windows 95.
The Velo 1 will ship in the UK this summer, priced ataround #599.
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