Sony has fired a shot at rivals Palm and Handspring by launching a budget-priced PDA. At $150 the Clié PEG-SL10 (pictured) is the first Sony handheld to compete at the cheaper end of the market.
Reflecting its budget price tag, this is also the first Clié to sport a mono 320x320-pixel display. The power supply also betrays the low cost — it uses three AAA batteries, which Sony claims will last 20 days.
The Clié PEG-SL10 weighs 102g and measures 74x104x18mm. It runs Palm's latest 4.1 operating system, comes with 8MB of memory and both USB and infrared connections
It will be available in the US from August, where its low price makes it $30 cheaper than the Palm m125 and puts it in the same cost category as the m105 and Handspring's Visor Platinum, both of which retail at $149.
PC Advisor was told by a Sony UK spokesperson that "It's likely we'll do something similar here, but it's too early to say". The company went on to say it plans to launch other models this year, but no specific details have been released.