May 2003

Mitac's Mio Pocket PCs
Taiwanese Mitac, OEM for several lines of Pocket PCs, has been branching out with its own "Mio" (Italian for "mine") brand of PPCs. The Mitac website describes a strong push into the Chinese market where they aim for a 30% market share. The initial three model lineup consisted of the relatively basic Mio 338 and 338 Plus, both nicely designed XScale devices with 200 and 400 MHz processors, respectively. The Mio 528 uses the older StrongARM chip, but appears to soon be available in both as a standard and a Phone Edition model, to be called the Mio 728. Mitac set up a separate website for the Mio line. Scoop sites also report of a Mio 339 follow-up with transflective display and integrated digital camera. -- Posted Wednesday, May 14, 2003 by chb

Mapopolis announces dual platform GPS navigation kit
Mapopolis.Com, Inc. announced the availability of a Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kit for both Palm OS and Pocket PC devices. The unit combines Mapopolisí Navigation software for Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds (favorably reviewed in the October 2002 issue of Pen Computing) with a full-featured Bluetooth GPS unit. -- Posted Wednesday, May 14, 2003 by chb

ActiveSync 3.7 now available
ActiveSync 3.7, the latest version of Microsoft's synchronization software for Pocket PCs and Smartphones is available for download. -- Posted Tuesday, May 13, 2003 by chb

NEC releases new Handheld PC
NEC released the MobilePro P900, a sturdy clamshell that carries on the proud tradition of the company's MobilePro 750/770/780 Handheld PCs. With the demise of HP's Jornada line, NEC now owns the market for Windows CE Powered clamshells with keyboards large enough to actually type on. The P900 measures 9.7 x 5 x 1.2 inches, weighs 1.8 pounds, and is built around a 400 MHz Intel PXA255 chip. Price is set at US$899. -- Posted Friday, May 9, 2003 by chb