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Rumor: New Sony CLIE in Japan Soon?

Rumors are floating around now about a possible new Sony CLIE model to be released in Japan. This model is rumored to be a replacement for the Sony CLIE TH55 or possibly a device similar to the Sony VZ90 but running the Palm OS.

This is a very earlier rumor and details are sketchy. 1src reports:

"There's a possible new CLIE that will be announced in Japan... as early as next week. According to the rumor sent to us:

  • it would be closer to VAIO
  • it would have eye-popping features
  • it would have a vertical but also horizontal form factor
  • it is scheduled to be out this month
  • the form is unfamiliar
  • the price would be around 39,800 yen
  • would you call it a CLIE if it doesn't run the Palm OS"

PalmAddict posts this information obtainted from an obscure Japanese website.

"In these days, there are rumor about new Clie in Japan. Since VZ90 has been released on Sep 2004, many people believe that VZ90 will be final Clie even in Japan. And UX50,NX80V also discontinue last month. So some users want to buy final stock of Clie and its accessories in Japan. But some shop comment that "New Clie will come in Spring". And some Japanese BBS shows details of New Clie (he may be internally SONY member Ibelieve.) It should be new generation of TH55 series, but it looks like VAIO series. Anyway, this is good news for Japanese people. Wait few more months or within this month"

Thanks to 1src and PalmAddict for the rumor details.

Update (2/23): Sony Says No More CLIE's Even in Japan

Posted by tim_palmzone on Sun, Feb 20, 2005

Earlier Sony News
· Mobile Stream Releases CLIE Screen Rotation Utility (02/13/05)
· Utility Coming Soon for Landscape Mode on Sony CLIE's (01/22/05)
· Sony VZ90 Japan-Only Palm PDA (09/16/04)
· Sony Considering Windows Mobile OS? (08/10/04)
· Sony Exiting U.S. Handheld Market! (06/01/04)
· Sony CLIE TH55 Patches and Review Score Update (04/10/04)
· Sony CLIE TH55 vs. palmOne Tungsten T3 (03/14/04)
· New 320x480 Sony CLIE TH55 Coming Soon (01/19/04)
· All Sony News...

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Re: New Sony CLIE in Japan Soon? (Score: 1)
by sijpie on Mon, Feb 21, 2005
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The Japanese site has a press release dated 20 Feb specifying the release of a special edition Th55, the TH55 DK. My Japanese is not good enough to read what the differences are between the standard version and the DK, but I believe it is the inclusion of a dictionary system which can be expanded using libraries on memory stick.


Re: New Sony CLIE in Japan Soon? (Score: 1)
by Tim_PalmZone (tim at palmzone dot net) on Mon, Feb 21, 2005
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Interesting. Here is the page translated into English. Information about some new dictionary software is all I can make out as well.

Sony CLIE TH55DK [translate.google.com]

Anyone out there able to actually translate this better for us?


Re: New Sony CLIE in Japan Soon? (Score: 1)
by Ou_Boet on Mon, Feb 21, 2005
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Very interesting. Many people believe that Sony dumped PalmOS, but mayby they just dumped North America??


Re: New Sony CLIE in Japan Soon? (Score: 1)
by Ou_Boet on Tue, Feb 22, 2005
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Just saw a press release today (22 Feb 2005) that Sony will not be releasing any new PDA models in Japan either now. Theu claim to have existed the Clie PDA, not existed PDAs. What does that mean, a PPC device with a new name, a smartphone with a new name or just plain no more PDAs?



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