Psion touts Revo's connectivity features

Psion touts Revo's connectivity features

Psion PLC last week launched the Revo, billed as a connected handheld PDA (personal digital assistant). Capable of sending and receiving e-mail and SMS (short message service), the Revo can also be used to access the Internet, the company said.

Psion also touted the device's phone manager feature, which uses infrared signals to synchronise phone numbers between a user's Revo and mobile telephone as well as PC.

Revo is based on version 5 of EPOC, the operating system developed by the Symbian consortium including Psion, Nokia, L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co, Motorola and Matsushita.

Weighing in at 200 grams, the Revo is powered by an ARM 710 processor core running at 36MHz and has 8MB of memory.

Psion said the pocket-sized organiser will retail at 299.95 pounds ($750) in the UK. For users in the US, Revo will also be available direct over the Internet priced at $US399.

After disappointing sales figures in the first half of this year in which Psion saw its revenues drop by 10.1 million pounds ($25 million) from the same period last year, the company has been trying to turn the tide with a number of new products including the Revo and the subnotebook-sized Psion Series 7 portable device.

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