Dell has announced three new Axim Windows Mobile Pocket PC, dubbed the Dell Axim X50 series. The Axim X50v features a 3.7-inch VGA screen, with a 624MHz CPU, 64MB SD RAM, 128MB flash ROM, wireless LAN and Bluetooth. The VGA screen is combined with an independent graphics processor. The company says this multimedia enhanced version provides high-performance graphics, enabling DVD-quality video playback and 3D PDA gaming. It also comes with dual-display capability to project presentations.
The mid-level model is the Dell Axim X50, a Pocket PC based on a 520MHz Intel XScale PXA270 CPU, 64MB SD RAM, 128MB flash ROM, with 3,5-inch QVGA screen, wireless LAN and Bluetooth. The entry level model is the Dell Axim X50 based on a 416MHz Intel XScale PXA270 CPU, 64MB SDRAM and 64 MB flash ROM. This last model comes with Bluetooth only.
The Axim X50 are also the first Pocket PC handhelds to feature Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software for Pocket PCs with the new Windows Media Player 10 for Mobile. This allows Axim X50 and X50v customers to load music play lists, movies and even favorite TV shows easily directly from their desktop with the help of Windows Media Player 10. Windows Media Player 10 for Mobile also features Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10 support. This gives access to new subscription services, like CinemaNow, MusicMatch, and MLB.com.
The Axim X50 family's design includes built-in CompactFlash and Secure Digital I/O slots, recorder capability, a dedicated button to turn wireless on/off and a display lock button. Each Axim X50 comes with a sync/recharge cradle with an extra battery charge slot to charge a spare standard battery (1100 mAh) or the optional high-capacity (2200 mAh) battery.
Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software for Pocket PC with Media Player 10 for Mobile will be available for Axim X30 customers worldwide within 60 days. Existing Axim X30 customers can upgrade their system with a download from the Dell website.