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ViewSonic Intros X-Scale Pocket PC

ViewSonic Corporation today announced its entry into the handheld market with an Intel XScale-based Pocket PC device. ViewSonic claims that it is the first device in this category to break the $300 price barrier. The Pocket PC V35 operates on the Pocket PC 2002 software platform.

ViewSonic said that it will ship the device with a custom Microsoft PowerPoint file viewer and a digital image viewer application.

The ViewSonic V35 weighs 4.2 ounces. The company stated that it is pricing the device at $299. It runs on an Intel 300MHz XScale processor with 32MB flash memory and 64MB random access memory (RAM). The Pocket PC V35 has a standard 3.5-inch 240 x 320 display, and Lithium-ion battery. There are four launch buttons for contacts, tasks, notes and calendar schedules, and a jog-dial. A Secure Digital (SD) slot provides additional memory, input-output, and connectivity options.

According to ViewSonic, the Pocket PC V35 will be available in November through national and regional retailers, authorized resellers, distributors and mail order with a one-year warranty. ViewSonic offers 24-hour, toll-free technical support, seven days a week.

Matthew Peretz is managing editor of sister site, allNetDevices.