Tech - Computers
|November 12, 2001|
NEC Computers Unveils New Enterprise-Class PDA NEC - MobilePro P300
|NEC Computers Inc., a leading provider of mobile, desktop and server computing solutions for the enterprise market, has introduced the NEC MobilePro P300 Pocket PC, a highly versatile new personal digital assistant (PDA) designed specifically for the corporate market. Engineered with integrated CompactFlash Type II (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) expansion slots, the MobilePro P300 offers added flexibility and functionality. The built-in SD slot provides users with the versatility to use SD memory cards for plug-and-play and data storage. The CF slot allows users to simultaneously work with a wide range of Pocket PC accessories with options ranging from a Wireless LAN card to Global Positioning System (GPS), voice-over IP (VoIP) module or microdrive storage devices.|
Operating on Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows-Powered Pocket PC 2002 software, the NEC MobilePro P300 is designed to be a full-featured Pocket PC. The MobilePro P300 targets the corporate user, offering greater expansion capabilities, a photo-realistic color display and a comprehensive set of enterprise applications. NEC Computers is also distinguishing the new MobilePro P300 in the corporate market by offering one year of UltraCare Service concurrent with the limited warranty. This service includes Rapid Exchange that allows customers to receive a replacement system the next business day, or Exchange Upon Receipt for customers who send their unit in for service in advance of shipment.
"The Pocket PC platform is gaining significant interest among enterprises, especially those enterprises planning large-scale handheld device rollouts or those expecting to mobilize back-end applications," said
Kevin Burden, program manager, Smart Handheld Devices, International Data Corp. "That's because Pocket PC 2002 delivers the performance and capacity that corporate buyers are beginning to demand and the platform now includes the types of connectivity hooks, namely VPN support and a terminal services client, that IT and mobile professionals can take advantage of immediately."
MobilePro P300 Features and Benefits
The lightweight MobilePro P300, weighing less than seven ounces and with a profile of .74-inches, integrates a powerful 206MHz Intel StrongARM 32-bit RISC processor. The MobilePro P300 features 64MB of flexible memory - which includes 32MB RAM and a 32MB SD memory card with every system. The MobilePro P300 also includes a 32MB flash ROM with an embedded synchronization client on board, providing plenty of power for communications, Web browsing, graphic-based applications and presentation capabilities. The SD card ships standard with a suite of business and entertainment applications. Users can also customize the SD card to ship pre-installed with enterprise-specific applications and software to meet the unique needs of each customer, helping organizations expedite deployment.
In addition to the MobilePro P300's expansion capabilities, the new NEC Pocket PC features a vibrant 3.8-inch TFT reflective front-lit display with support for more than 65,000 colors. The large, photo-realistic display is suited for viewing rich Internet content, crisp screen text and vivid streaming video in both outdoor and indoor environments. Users working with the MobilePro P300 for extended periods of time will appreciate the viewing the large screen provides.
"When it comes to the corporate market, we've found that users require a more customized range of mobile features than today's PDA devices can deliver. With this in mind, we designed a new class of corporate-focused Pocket PC," said Larry Miller, vice president of marketing at NEC Computers Inc. "Using the MobilePro P300, mobile professionals are no longer bound by the limitations of typical PDA configurations, and can instead tailor the device to their individual needs and requirements."
Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 Software
Powering the MobilePro P300 is Microsoft's Windows-Powered Pocket PC 2002 software. Pocket PC 2002 makes a great mobile platform even better by delivering a stylish new interface, new features to benefit business users and corporations, and more ways to communicate with friends and co-workers. "Microsoft is delighted to welcome NEC Computers as the latest Pocket PC OEM partner and support the launch of NEC's innovative new MobilePro P300 Pocket PC," said Ben Waldman, vice president of the mobile devices division at Microsoft Corp. "The combination of Microsoft's industry-leading Pocket PC 2002 software and NEC's hardware makes the MobilePro P300 a great choice for mobile professionals and corporations alike."
Software Solutions for MobilePro P300
The MobilePro P300 ships with a host of third-party enterprise software solutions pre-installed, including MobilePro Synchronization System for data management and recovery and Insignia's Jeode Java plug-in for securely loading and running e-commerce applications using Embedded Java. The 32MB SD card ships standard with Westtek's ClearVue for displaying Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations with animations and transitions. Also included are ArcSoft's PhotoBase for viewing and managing digital images, and Voice Messenger Force by Ruksun Software for voice-enabled instant messaging.
A standard configuration, complete with 32MB SD card, USB cradle, stylus, and LCD protection cover sells for approximately $599 (U.S.) and $939 (Canada).