Latest Twist to the CLIÉ Handheld's Flip-and-Swivel
Design Includes an Integrated Two Megapixel Camera with
Flash and Automatic Focus
The newest addition to the family of CLIÉ handhelds
continues the Sony tradition of creating new product categories.
Its effective two-megapixel digital camera features built-in
flash and auto-focus capabilities, helping to ensure that
candid moments will be captured in bright, vivid and clear
resolution. Additionally, the CLIÉ NZ90 model features
a Wi-Fi (802.11b) communications slot and integrated Bluetooth
wireless connectivity options.
"Rivaling the gadgetry found in modern day spy movies,
the CLIÉ NZ90 handheld integrates a feature uncommon
in the handheld market these days: excitement," said
Russell Paik, Sony Electronics' vice president for handheld
marketing. "It's a turning point in the way handheld
devices are defined."
The new handheld features a host of Sony's signature technologies
and designs, including the high resolution color LCD screen
(320 x 480 pixels), the popular flip-and-twist LCD screen
design, an integrated MP3 player, a built-in AV remote controller
application, and voice recording capabilities.
A Serious Feature Capturing Not-So-Serious
Functions such as manual exposure adjustment, digital zoom (2X),
red-eye reduction and a self-timer functions were previously most
often associated with dedicated digital cameras. In addition to
these, the CLIÉ NZ90 handheld features:
Megapixel Resolution - The camera is capable of capturing a photo
with a maximum recorded image size of 1600 x 1200 pixels.
Lens and Flash - The lens has a focus range of 0.1 meter to infinity
and is protected by a lens cover. The flash features three modes
(Auto, Forced Off and Forced On) for varying lighting conditions.
LCD -- Photographers can easily review and edit their shots (with
the included CLIÉ Photo Editor application) on the color
LCD screen, which is easy to view even in bright sunlight.
Movie Recording - The camera's digital still capabilities are
complemented by a video recording feature that allows users to
record memories on a Memory Stick media, which can be played back
on the device.
Special Scene Modes - To optimize white balance in a variety
of shooting situations, users can choose from a number of scene
modes: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent and Custom.
Users can also manually adjust color and exposure settings.
The new CLIÉ handheld also simplifies the digital imaging
experience by recording digital photos and video clips onto Memory
Stick media, which is about the size of a stick of chewing gum.
Connecting to a World of Possibilities
Offering expansion capabilities beyond the full list of integrated
features, Sony has integrated Bluetooth connectivity on its latest
handheld device, allowing users to wirelessly connect to and share
the features of similarly enabled devices. Users can wirelessly
access the Internet and e-mail via their compatible Bluetooth-enabled
cell phones that are set up with corresponding ISP services.
The CLIÉ NZ90 handheld device also features an integrated
communications slot that accommodates an optional PEGA-WL100 Wi-Fi
(802.11b) modem card, capable of receiving information at wireless
broadband speeds (maximum of 11 megabits per second). With a Wif-Fi
access point and corresponding ISP, users can browse the Internet,
send and receive e-mail (POP3 and SMTP), and perform HotSync operations
wirelessly with a Wi-Fi enabled PC.
"In developing the wireless components of the new CLIÉ
handheld, we focused on what users can do with this technology,"
Paik said. "Wirelessly communicating with a cell phone and
having it act as a wireless modem is an example of how to get
more out of the devices you carry."
Not limiting the entertainment elements to the device alone,
Sony has even redesigned the humble USB cradle. Resembling more
of an easel than a docking station, the slim, foldable PEGA-UC90
HotSync/charging unit features an AV output jack, allowing users
to view JPEG images stored on the CLIÉ handheld on a separate
monitor or TV. After deciding which of their favorite images they
want to share, users can print out those files on a compatible
printer via the USB connection located on the side of the cradle.
Both AV and USB cables are included with the device.
And for the first time on any CLIÉ handheld, the CLIÉ
NZ90 model features a removable Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
pack. Each PEGA-BP500 SmartLITHIUM battery can operate the
CLIÉ NZ90 model for approximately 10 days depending on
conditions, based on average use (30 minutes per day with backlight
off). The battery also indicates remaining battery life in minutes.
No PC Nearby, No Problem
More than a collection of hardware features, the CLIÉ
NZ90 handheld comes bundled with an array of applications designed
for fun and productivity. Sony developed key applications such
as the CLIE Viewer, CLIE Album, Movie Player and PhotoStand programs
to work in concert with each other so that users can easily go
from one application to another.
In addition to these, the CLIÉ NZ90 model is the first
device to feature Picsel Technology's viewer application, which
allows user to view a wide variety of documents including Microsoft
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and image files in their native format
without conversion on the PC.
Pricing and Availability
The new CLIÉ PEG-NZ90 device will be available at retailers
nationwide at the end of next month for about $800. At the same
time, additional PEGA-UC90 cradles and PEGA-BP500 battery packs
will be available for about $80 each. Pre-orders may be placed
now at www.sonystyle.com/clie.