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Sharp builds widescreen Windows PDA

Windows Mobile 5.0 handset launched in Japan

Sharp has developed a widescreen Windows Mobile-based PDA for a new Japanese mobile operator that will begin service next month.

The EM-One is compatible with EMobile's high-speed 3G data service that will launch on 31 March and offer download speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. Also packed into the device is 802.11b/g Wireless LAN, Bluetooth and a tuner for Japan's mobile digital television broadcasts.

A full Qwerty keyboard slides out from behind the display for typing and the device also sports a camera, although its 1.3Mp resolution is a little low compared to cell phones.

Running Windows Mobile 5.0, it has a 4.1in widescreen with 800 pixels by 480 resolution. Pre-installed software includes Internet Explorer Mobile, Opera Mobile, versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, a PDF viewer, image and video player software, a bar code reader and dictionary software.

It will cost between ¥39,800 and ¥95,000 (£170 and £405) respectively, depending on the service plan and won't be available through other carriers or in other countries.

It measures 140mm by 70mm and is 18.9mm thick. It weighs 250g including the battery pack.


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