Sharp Ships Linux Handheld For Enterprises

Sharp finally releases its long-anticipated Linux handheld aimed at enterprises.
Sharp said Thursday it has started shipping its Linux handheld aimed at enterprises.

The $699 Zaurus SL-6000 is based on Linux and comes with built-in support for Java applications. It comes with built-in 802.11b support and a four-inch screen with a maximum resolution of 640 x 480. The display can switch from landscape to portrait mode by pressing a button.

The SL-6000 also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for thumb typing and both Compact Flash and SD expansion slots. The device is also somewhat ruggedized and was built to withstand drops from as high as a meter above the ground, the company said in a statement.

The device is based on a 400MHz Intel XScale processor and comes with 64MB of RAM, according to the company.

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