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allNetDevices: Low-cost Linux Handheld Unveiled

Aug 22, 2000, 20:47 (2 Talkback[s])

By Staff, allNetDevices

Agenda Computing, a subsidiary of Kessel International Holdings of Hong Kong, says it will ship a new line of Linux-based handhelds in October.

The Agenda VR3 has a 160 x 240 pixel LCD screen with 16 grayscale shades. Its handwriting recognition system enables users to write anywhere on the screen. It sports a 66 MHz 32-bit MIPS processor and a 33.6Kbps modem is an option.

As with many other handhelds, it synchronizes with desktop computers via a cradle. It also supports infrared transfer of information with other devices, including Palm devices.

The company will offer three versions of the device. The Agenda VR3 has 8MB RAM and 2MB Flash storage and a retail price of $149. The Agenda VR3+ has 8MB RAM and 4MB Flash and costs $199 and the Agenda VR3s has 8MB RAM and 8MB Flash and costs $249.

All three devices will ship in October and the company says you can reserve a unit at its Web site. In addition, the company says it will ship the VR5 model in November that includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and additional Flash storage. That model will cost $299.

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