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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Brighthand > FCC Spills the Beans on the Toshiba e830 This VGA Pocket PC now expected September 15

By Ed Hardy | Editor-in-Chief
Aug 18, 2004
When a wireless handheld receives FCC approval, the documents that go along with the filing are typically posted on this government agency's web site. However, when the Toshiba e830 was submitted for approval, a confidentiality request was included. This kept most of the details of this device from becoming public.
At least, this was true until this week, when someone at the FCC accidentally posted the e830's information a month early. The files have since been taken down, but they were up long enough to confirm the earlier rumors about this handheld.
All of the changes to this model will be internal. Externally, it will be essentially identical to the already-available e800 (see picture below).
Overview of the Toshiba e830
The e830 will have a 4-inch 640-by-480-pixel (VGA) screen. Because this model will use Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, its display can be easily switched between portrait and landscape modes.
This Pocket PC will run a 520 MHz Intel XScale processor. It will have 128 MB of RAM, plus a 32 MB ROM drive for extra storage.
The e830 will offer both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking. It will also include both a CompactFlash Type II slot and an SD/MMC slot that supports SDIO.
This device will be 5.3 inches high, 3.0 inches wide and 0.6 inches thick (135 mm by 77 mm by 17 mm).
It is not known when the official announcement for the Toshiba e830 will be, but the confidentiality request says that the FCC can post all the relevant documents on September 15, a strong sign that this model will be introduced on that day.
What the price will be is not yet known, though it will probably be $600 to $650.
This is just one of a number of Pocket PCs with similar feature sets coming on the market in the coming months. A comparison of the feature sets for these can be found in this article.
Thanks to Duncan from for the tip.

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