| MAHWAH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 13, 1997--
| High Performance Mobilon(TM) Completes Full Line of Sharp
| PDAs, Organizers and PC Companions
|- Color LCD screen handheld PC
|- Digital camera card option plus audio record gives users
| "multimedia e-mail"
|- Internet Explorer with frames offers true browsing experience
| from your pocket
|- Built-in 33.6 Kbps/9.6 Kbps energy saving data/fax modem
| Sharp Electronics Corporation announces Mobilon(TM), a new line
|of handheld PCs using the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE, Version 2.0
|operating system. Sharp's new Mobilon line includes a color screen
|unit, digital camera option, audio record feature, seven "one-touch"
|application keys and other powerful features exclusive to Sharp.
| In addition to the 8MB color centerpiece of the new line
|(HC-4500), the new Mobilon series features two monochrome units with
|16-grayscale LCD (4MB HC-4000 and 8MB HC-4100) and an optional PC
|card digital camera manufactured specifically for the Mobilon series.
|Designed to augment Sharp's existing line of Zaurus(TM) PC
|Companions, the SE-500 Mobile Organizer, and Wizard(R) and YO series
|electronic organizers, the Mobilon will be available in the U.S. in
|the fourth quarter of 1997.
| "Mobilon complements Sharp's comprehensive line of handheld
|computing products and adds to Sharp's claim as the only manufacturer
|to offer a unique handheld product for every user's need," said Ted
|Rozylowicz, vice president of Sharp's Mobile and Home Office
|Equipment Division. "Bringing together the best of Sharp technology
|with the latest Windows CE operating system gives corporations the
|compatibility standard that is integral for information technology
|management," Rozylowicz added.
|Multimedia in the Palm of Your Hand
| The Sharp Mobilon introduces a number of multimedia tools and
|features that have never been offered in handheld products sold in
|the United States. One of Mobilon's unique features is its optional
|digital camera solution -- the first digital camera manufactured
|specifically for a handheld product sold outside Japan. Sharp's
|digital camera (CE-AG04), designed for Mobilon, advances handheld
|functionality to a new level by enabling users to capture and
|transfer digital images from their handheld devices to and from a PC,
|add voice messages and send as a multimedia e-mail and more.
| With 16.7 million colors, 640 x 480 resolution, 2X optical and 2X
|digital zoom, the digital camera capabilities of Mobilon will become
|an invaluable tool for personal or business use, as well as vertical
|markets such as real estate, manufacturing, security, insurance or
|wherever visual documentation is critical. This digital camera
|capability can be utilized on both color and monochrome Mobilon
|units. Images captured on monochrome units are stored in the same
|color file formats as the color unit.
| In addition to the digital camera, the Sharp Mobilon line
|includes a number of exclusive multimedia features such as:
|- Image Editor - Edit or add to images from the digital camera
| and other sources such as the Internet or create new drawings,
| such as maps.
|- Voice Recorder - Record or playback voice memos. Quickly
| record important ideas or directions without opening and
| turning on the unit, store them for playback or attach them to
|- Multimedia e-mail - Create images with the digital camera, add
| voice comments and attach it to an e-mail to give
| communications a multimedia dimension.
|Superior Design and Bundled Feature Set
| Not only does the Sharp Mobilon incorporate the latest multimedia
|tools, the units also include a host of functional features and
|applications that are indispensable to personal as well as business
|users in today's mobile world.
| Prior to designing the Mobilon line, Sharp conducted research
|about how people use handheld devices and which features users
|require. Comprehensive Sharp research revealed that primary
|requirements are a large, bright LCD, an optimized keyboard and
|easily-accessed applications. As a result, the Mobilon was designed
|specifically to offer the features that users request for both
|business and personal use and offers distinct design features not
|found on other Windows CE devices, including:
|- A large clear LCD 640 x 240 pixel touch screen with adjustable
| backlight VGA screen, 6.5" (diagonal measure) high-contrast LCD and
| keyboard-controlled contrast, (HC-4500 256 colors; models HC-4000,
| HC-4100 monochrome with 16 shades of gray).
|- Seven one-touch "short cut" or direct access applications keys
| that allow users one-touch access to all major applications in the
|- A comfortably-spaced, optimized large keyboard for easier data
|- A built-in 33.6/9.6 Kbps energy-saving data/fax modem on every
| unit in the line to keep in constant contact using both e-mail and
|- An IrDA infrared port to enable simple, wireless exchange of
| information from a Zaurus or notebook to a Mobilon.
|Productivity, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, E-Mail, the Web -- Even
| The Mobilon line delivers a comprehensive, fully-featured array
|of applications, including the ability to make multimedia
|presentations. Microsoft(R) Pocket PowerPoint(R), which is featured
|in the Mobilon units' Microsoft Windows CE operating system, allows
|users to create desktop presentations and transfer them to the
|Mobilon for on-the-go presentations, or to connect to an LCD
|projector with a VGA card for easy presentation on a larger screen.
| In addition, the Mobilon series includes bundled bFax(TM) Express
|software for sending faxes, which is a cost-effective alternative to
|a notebook or using a third-party faxing service. Current Zaurus and
|Wizard users can take advantage of the included IntelliMigrate(TM)
|software to transfer data to and from a Wizard or Zaurus unit. Other
|high-performance features include:
|- Inbox - E-mail with attachment support, group scheduling support
| and calendar integration, desktop connectivity, data exchange with
| Outlook(TM) and Exchange.
|- Microsoft(R) Pocket Outlook(TM) - Productivity features including
| contact management, calendars and task with additional data views
| and filtering.
|- Microsoft(R) Pocket Word(R) - Word processing with paragraph
| formatting, customizable tab settings numbering and more.
|- Microsoft(R) Pocket Excel(R) - Spreadsheet creating, viewing with
| sorting and auto filtering.
|- Microsoft(R) Pocket Internet Explorer(R) - Explore the Web from
| the palm of your hand.
|Service and Support
| Mobilon is backed by a one-year parts and labor limited warranty.
|In addition, Sharp phone support is available 24 hours a day, seven
|days per week (including holidays) via 1-800-237-4277
| The Mobilon HC-4000, HC-4100 and HC-4500 will be available
|nationwide through retail chains, Sharp's Corporate Sales Group, and
|indirect sales channels, including VARs at recommended retail prices
|ranging from $600 to $900. The digital camera will have a
|recommended retail price of under $400. The Docking Station Kit will
|be available for under $150, and the rechargeable battery pack will
|sell for approximately $60.
| For more information on Sharp's full line of Wizard and Zaurus PC
|Companions and accessories, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation,
|Mobile Home Office Equipment Division, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J.
|07430 or call 1-800-BE-SHARP. For on-line product information, visit
|Sharp's Web Site at http://www.sharp-usa.com
| Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. sales and marketing
|subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of the
|core digital technologies that are playing an integral role in the
|emerging era of multimedia. A leader in liquid crystal display
|(LCD), optoelectronics, infrared and semiconductors, Sharp offers one
|of the broadest and most advanced lines of consumer electronics,
|business products and electronic components.
| It has developed innovative, consumer-focused products such as
|the VIEWCAM LCD camcorder, the Zaurus PC Companion and multimedia
|notebook computers. To support its more than 50 product lines, Sharp
|Electronics employs approximately 3,100 people nationwide.