New Linux Handhelds

Sharp is releasing two new versions of their GNU/Linux powered Zaurus to the Asian market; the SL-C750 and C760 use the same clamshell-style design with full keyboard, and like the previous model C700, the 3.7″ 640×480 VGA screen can be twisted around to cover the keyboard for stylus-only input much like new “convertible” tablet-PCs. Both units run on the PXA255 400MHz chip (the same as the fastest PocketPCs) and will have 64 megs of SDRAM plus another 64 or 128 megs of flash memory for storing the OS and applications. Release date and price in the US are uncertain, but look for it around $700 from direct importers.