Korea gets a Zaurus: Sharp RD-CMP2000R

Rdcmp2000r Last month when I took a look at the Sharp Zaurus SL-C3200, I really didn’t expect to see any activity from the company for a while. But the Sharp camp has apparently been busy . . . and restless, it seems.

After more than a decade of success in Japan, Sharp has set its sights on Korea with the new RD-CMP2000R electronic dictionary PDA. Unlike in the U.S., multitasking dictionary devices are all the rage in Asia, particularly those made by iRiver. Sharp has made e-dictionaries beforeir?t=pocketables 20&l=ur2&o=1 - for some reason we don't have an alt tag here, of course, but they were nothing like the RD-CMP2000R (rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?).

The upcoming Linux-based device features the same clamshell design and swivel screen we’re already familiar with, although this time the housing is black (versus silver) with what looks like a nice brushed finish. Additional details can be found here (in Korean), but the short of it is that what most sets the RD-CMP2000R apart from its Zaurus relatives (other than the fact that it’s not really a Zaurus) is a 1.3-megapixel camera, FM radio, and $350 price tag. The lower cost speaks to the gadget’s limited functionality in comparison to the fuller-featured Zaurus series.

[Akihabara News]

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Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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