PocketPC targets the low end

It looks like Palm and its licensees will have new competition at the low end of the PDA market. Not only is Dell set to introduce a $199 Pocket PC this month, Microsoft is also teaming up with Samsung to produce a low-end PocketPC with a black-and-white display.

Despite being a low-end device, the Samsung PocketPC will reportedly use a 200MHz ARM processor, have 32MB of memory, and come in a smaller form factor than your average PocketPC. While it's doubtful that low-end PocketPCs will ever be able to compete on price with something like Palm's $99 Zire, the hardware on even low-end PocketPCs should make them much more versatile than low-end offerings from Palm and its licensees.

Whether the Palm or PocketPC camps can sell enough of these low-end devices to give the PDA industry a boost remains to be seen, but I'm sure at least a few students and soccer moms have them on their wish list.

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