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Infomart's Kaii (www.kaii.info) has joined Sharp's Zaurus in the growing field of Linux-based PDAs. Like Zaurus, Kaii will run Lineo's Embedix Plus Linux kernel v. 2.4.2, Trolltech's Qt/Embedded and Qtopia environment and Insignia's Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Unlike Zaurus, it runs on a 160MHz Hitachi SH3 CPU (Zaurus runs on a StrongARM) and uses an on-screen keyboard.
Kaii comes with a choice of color or monochrome 320 × 240 screens, up to 128MB RAM, 32MB masked ROM or Flash, USB interface, RS-232C serial port, IrDA port, CompactFlash Type II slot and an MMC slot.
It also comes with the Opera browser, the Hancom Mobile Office suite and sync software for Linux desktops, OS X, Windows and “PIMs like Outlook”.
Its size is 137 × 73 × 17mm or 5.39 × 2.87 × 0.67in, which is nearly identical to the Zaurus without its keyboard exposed.
Infomart is positioning Kaii as a “low-cost alternative computer or corporate special purpose workstation in cost-sensitive markets like India, China, Eastern Europe, Africa, etc.” Infomart is headquartered in India.
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