Saturday, July 31, 2004
Posted by Jonathon Watkins in "NEWS" @ 03:00 PM
Fast forward to now and Jaydoc05 and Duncan have just turned up some rather interesting nuggets from the goldmine that is the FCC website. How about an image of the label of the e830? The picture submitted for the label placement is of an e805, which suggests that the form factor will not change between the devices. Finally there is the particularly juicy piece of info that the device will come in two version, one with just Bluetooth and one with both Bluetooth and Wifi and that the information is embargoed until the 15th of September. Historically the embargo date has coincided with the manufactures official release date. Even Dealtime list the e830 (though with numerous apparent mistakes in the text). The current rumoured specs include: 128 MB Memory (configuration unknown), 520 MHz Processor, SD & CF slot, 4 inch VGA screen, and Bluetooth and 802.11b Wifi.
To me this could be just the device I've been looking for. I'm not happy with Dell or HP for refusing to offer PPC2003SE upgrades and have been less than impressed with the new HP lineup (with the possible exception of the 4705). The new VGA FS LOOX & Asus models both have embedded camera, so they are both out of the running. I believe that Toshiba have redeemed themselves by offering the PPC2003SE upgrade for their current models, after learning from their previous mistakes. Still, today's hero can quickly become tomorrows zero, so here's hoping that Toshiba really are going to release the e830 and then support it. It would be nice to have at least one manufacturer that does so. :? Unique selling point anyone? Heck, I can wait for this device. There's no compelling reason for me to upgrade at the moment. So, that's me. What about you?