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Sony PEG-UX50 Color CLIE Handheld
Posted: 17-Jul-2003 [Source: Mobile Tech News]

[The new Sony PEG-UX50 packs a lot of handheld capability into a small case.]

Sony has managed to pack a 480x320 dot color display in a compact magnesium alloy housing of width 103mm, height 86.5mm, depth 17.9 mm. The CLIE PEG-UX50 can be networked with Wi-Fi (802.11b) or Bluetooth(tm) and supports a high resolution motion camera with the capability of 30 frames per second resulting in smooth picture playback.


Main Features, Hardware:

1. Sony developed a new processor for the CLIE called the "Handheld Engine(tm)" resulting in improved multimedia performance. Efficient power consumption is achieved using a technique called DVFM (Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Management).

2. Small size

The tiny magnesium alloy case makes a good first impression.

3. Wireless LAN, Bluetooth(r) are built-in

There is no need to install an external LAN, and with Bluetooth it is possible to do data exchange wirelessly.

4. Large capacity memory

Images are stored in internal memory and can be automatically transfered into non-volatile memory on shut down. Built-in media and memory-stick.

5. 480x320 horizontal display

The horizontal display supports full 65,536 vivid colors.

6. Hardware keyboard

Ergonomic, beautiful and adapts to the hand.

7. 310,000 pixel camera

The built-in rotary camera supports common web image formats for both still and motion images.

8. Long lasting battery

Lithium ion polymer battery is standard, and an extended battery is available as an option. Music playback, for example, runs about 16 hours on one battery charge (35 hours with the extended battery).

Main Features, Software:

1. 3 D launcher. The launcher uses a three dimensional style.

2. A Movie player takes full advantage of the high resolution display, and thanks to the fast CPU supports playback speeds of approximately 30 frames per second resulting in smoother motions.

3. Handwriting recognition software. The CLIE supports natual and accurate handwritten inputs.

4. Enjoys Internet in the large display with the advanced "NetFront v3.0 for CLIE" browser.

5. Data compressed Zip/Unzip files are supported internally, making Internet downloads easy.

6. Excel, Word and PowerPoint(r), PDF reader are built in. Email attachments can be directly opened and read without having to gain the assistance of a PC.

7. Audio player supports MP3 and ATRAC3 making it easy to enjoy your favorite music through a mono speaker or through external stereo headphones.

8. Email with attached audio message and image (still picture or motion picture).

9. Voice recorder

10. PIM software: address book, schedule, ToDo, Memo Pad

- Main specification

Name: PEG-UX50

OS: Palm OS (R) 5 (Ver.5.2)

CPU: The SONY Handheld Engine TM (CXD2230GA)

Memory: Total 104MB (user memory: approximately 16MB, built-in media: approximately 22MB)

Interfaces: USB for computer connection, Bluetooth, infrared beam port, "memory stick" slot

Wireless LAN: IEEE802.11b

Headphone & stereo: mini- jack

LCD display: Back light loading TFT color liquid crystal display

Resolution / colors: 480x320 dot /65,536 color

Camera: 310,000 pixels

Photographing element: 1/5.5 type progressive scan

Largest recorded picture size: Still picture VGA 640x480 dot, animated picture: 160x112 dot

Audio response: 20Hz - 20,000Hz

Record medium: Memory stick PRO * magic gate memory stick * memory stick * memory stick duo * magic gate memory stick duo *1

Recording type: ATRAC3 * MP3 system

Maximum sound recording time:

- ATRAC3 system approximately 120 minutes (bit rate 132kbps), Approximately 160 minutes (bit rate 105kbps), approximately 240 minutes (bit rate 66kbps)

- MP3 system approximately 50 minutes (bit rate 320kbps), approximately 65 minutes (bit rate 256kbps), approximately 130 minutes (bit rate 128kbps), approximately 170 minutes (bit rate 96kbps)

Wireless LAN standard: 802.11b

Frequency band: 2.4GHz band (1-11ch and ISM band)

WEP encoding: 64, 128bit

DS-SS (IEEE802.11b conformity)

Battery duration (continuous talk): Approximately 2.5 hours with back light on, and 4.5 hours with back light off

Bluetooth range: approximately 10m

Power source: Lithium ion polymer charge (built-in)

External size: Approximately 103 (W) the 86.5 (H) the 17.9 (D) mm (at the time of close style)

Weight: approximately 175g (stylus included)

Pricing and Availability

Sony will offer a new CLIe PEG-UX40 handheld, which is identical to its sibling, but features only Bluetooth wireless technology. Both the CLIe UX50 and UX40 handhelds will be available at retailers nationwide in September for about $700 and $600, respectively. Pre-orders may be placed at


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