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Dell introduces the Axim X3, integrated wireless handheld computer
Posted on 16-Oct-2003 18:14 | Tags Filed under: News


Dell introduces the Axim X3, integrated wireless handheld computer
Dell expanded its handheld product family by introducing its newest member, the Axim X3, a slim and compact PDA that includes a NZ$895 model with integrated wireless capability.

At 140.4g, the Axim X3 is 28 per cent lighter than its predecessor, and at 14.9mm, it is 17 per cent thinner. The Axim X3 delivers bright colour displays, removable primary batteries, secure digital I/O, consumer infrared and optional built-in wireless networking. It is available in three configurations: one with integrated Wi-Fi 802.11b for NZ$895, and two non-wireless configurations for NZ$589 and NZ$775.

“Since entering the handheld market we’ve demonstrated that it is possible for customers to get a superior quality handheld at a great price,” said Joanne Wilkinson, director of marketing, Software and Peripherals, Dell Asia/ Pacific and Japan. “With the Axim X3, Dell has once again delivered exceptional price performance on a Pocket PC-based handheld with integrated wireless functionality.”

The Axim X3 is one of a range of computer accessories and software available through Dell.co.nz, which has just been redesigned to enhance the customer purchase, usage and service experience. The updated Web site features back-end and visual improvements that simplify product category segmentation and effectively display the breadth of Dell’s products and services. The new features also ease navigation, provide enhanced imagery and expand the amount of information available for customers to make buying decisions.

The Axim X3 handheld comes with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 2003 software for pocket PC, and pocket versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger and Windows Media Player. The Axim X3 will also come with one-year advanced exchange service standard.

Both NZ$895 and NZ$775 configurations are powered by the Intel Xscale processor at 400MHz, and offer 64MB of SDRAM and 64MB of Intel StrataFlash ROM. The built-in Secure Digital IO slot can host a number of devices. A 3.5-inch transflective TFT color display is standard on all Axim X3 configurations, with 240x320 (QVGA) resolution. The unit's sync/recharge cradle—standard on NZ$775 and NZ$895 configurations—has an extra battery charge slot that accommodates either a spare standard battery (950 mAh) or the available high-capacity (1800 mAh) battery.

Users with lower memory and speed requirements can also opt for Axim X3's NZ$589 configuration, which has an Intel Xscale 300MHz processor, 32MB of SDRAM, 32MB of Flash ROM and a USB sync cable instead of a cradle. All Axim X3 units will be offered with a wide variety of accessories, such as folding keyboards and leather carrying case[4].

Technical Features of the Axim include:

  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PC, including Pocket versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, Windows Media Player and more.
  • Intel Xscale PXA263 Processor at 400MHz or 300MHz
  • Brilliant 3.5-inch TFT 240x320 QVGA 65K Color Transflective LCD
  • 64MB SDRAM or 32MB SDRAM
  • 64MB or 32MB Intel StrataFlash ROM
  • 1 Secure Digital IO Slot
  • Consumer IrDA port
  • 950mAh Li-Ion Removable Battery with integrated rechargeable Backup Battery
  • Optional 1800mAh Li-Ion High Capacity Battery
  • Built-in Microphone & Speaker
  • Backlit Power Button / Indicator Light
  • Optional integrated Wi-Fi 802.11b capability
  • Weight: Wi-Fi config w/ standard battery: 140.4g (5 oz); Non-Wi-Fi config w/standard battery: 136.5g (4.8 oz)
  • Dimensions: Wi-Fi config: 122.4 x 14.9 x 77.2mm (4.82" x 0.6" x 3"); Non-Wi-Fi config: 117 x 14.9 x 77.2mm (4.6" x 0.6" x 3");
  • Power Button, 4 Application Keys, 5-way Navigator Button, Scroll Dial, Wireless On/Off Button, Voice Record Button, Headphone mini-jack
  • USB Cradle with 2nd primary battery charging slot
  • Ships standard with Cradle or Synch Cable, AC Adapter & Power Cord, Protective Jacket, System Documentation & Companion CD.



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