|The release of the Japanese version of Windows CE 2.0 was
announced by Microsoft Co., Ltd. of Japan on March 11, the same
day as NEC's announcement.
Two models of NEC's Mobile Gear are
available. They are the MK series with a DOS-based operating
system and a large 16.5mm pitch keyboard, and the CS series
running on Windows CE 1.0 and smaller in size than the MK.
The Mobile Gear II (See chart.) has a 16.5mm
pitch keyboard and it runs on Windows CE 2.0. Its body is almost
identical to the that of the MK model. The Mobile Gear II will go
on sale along with the MK and CK series.
"NEC has sold 119,000 units of the MK series, and that accounts
for 83 percent of the total number of Mobile Gear units shipped.
We expect the MK series to be popular, with Windows CE 2.0 and
the large keyboard," said NEC senior vice president Yoshi
The MC-R500 has a super twisted nematic (STN) liquid crystal
display (LCD) with back light and retails for 120,000 yen
(US$930), and the MC-R300 has a liquid crystal display with black
and white four-gray scale tones and retails for 94,000 yen
(US$729). The specifications of the two models are almost
identical except for the displays.
The main specifications include an NEC VR4111 (RISC) processor,
16MB of main memory for the color model and 8MB for the black and
white model, a 33.6kbps fax modem, IrDA 1.0-compliant infrared
interface, TYPE II PC card slot, and a slot for small-sized
memory compact flash, NEC said.
The color model runs for 8 hours on special lithium-ion secondary
batteries. Batteries used for the black and white model are two
sets of A3 alkaline dry batteries, and they last for 30 hours.
NEC said the size of a color model is 245mm (w) x 138mm (d) x
31.4mm (h) and it weighs 850g. The black-and-white model measures
245mm (w) x 122mm (d) x 30.5mm (h) and it weighs 670g.
Shipments of both models will start March 20. NEC targets
combined sales of 15,000 units a month.
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