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RumorMill™: Dell Developing VGA Pocket PC

Apr 1, 2004

One of the most significant features of the new Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition is support for VGA screens. Evidence has emerged that Dell will be using one of these in an upcoming Axim model.

Dell will definitely be using the latest version of this operating system in forthcoming handhelds. A company spokesperson said last week, "Dell will deploy Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition in future Axim products."

Of course, there's nothing about this statement that says any of these will have to have VGA screens; there will doubtless be many future Pocket PCs with QVGA displays. However, this isn't the only evidence of a future VGA Axim.

Intel is close to releasing the Marathon graphics co-processor, a 3D multimedia accelerator for the XScale line. This will allow devices with very high-resolution screens to render just under one million polygons per second, plus play video in MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and Windows Media formats.

Intel did a demonstration of this graphics chip at the CES tradeshow, where a company spoksperson announced that Dell would be using Marathon in an Axim model to be released during the second half of this year. A video of this announcement can be found on Intel's web site.

Marathon was created for 640-by-480-pixel displays and up. If it is going to be in a future Axim model, then that model will have a VGA screen.

Other VGA Models

Of course, there is a Pocket PC that already has a VGA screen, the Toshiba e805. The French web site PocketPCParadise was told by Toshiba to expect a free Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition upgrade for this model in May.

The e805 will soon be joined by new handhelds coming on the market with VGA screens. ASUS has already said its upcoming MyPal A730 will include a display with this resolution. And while it's more vague, News.com reported recently that HP is planning to release new handhelds that take advantage of the additional capabilities of Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition.