Hitachi introduced a Windows CE 2.0 hand-held PC "Persona," model HPW-230JC (138,000 yen). Packing 32MB RAM, the model features a 32bit RISC microprocessor (Hitachi SH-3 chip), and an 8.1-inch color STN LCD (640 x 240 dots or 1/2 VGA). A built-in software modem provides 33.6kbps data speed or 14.4kbps fax speed.
Sharp launched a portable keyboard-equipped e-mail terminal on December 4 designed to be used with a digital cellular phone. Weighing slightly less than 11 ounces, the Communication Pal MT-200 features a 320x240-pixel monochrome LCD, a digital cellular adapter, a 145,000-word dictionary, e-mail software and an HTML 3.2-compliant web browser. It can send e-mail messages at 9,600bps. The price is set at 38,800 yen ($321).