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Sharp points to new handheld

Sharp introduced a new Zaurus handheld computer that will come bundled with software that synchronizes data exchange with Windows 95-based computers.

    Sharp Electronics introduced a new model in its line of Zaurus handheld computers that will come bundled with software that synchronizes data exchange with Windows 95-based computers.

    Application Partner for Windows 95 will be bundled with the new Zaurus ZR-3000, allowing the device to share contact information and Microsoft Word and Excel files with Windows-based PCs using a drag and drop operation. An IrDa infrared port can be used with optional adaptors for wireless data transfer.

    The 11-ounce ZR-3000 has a keyboard and touch screen similar to other Zaurus devices. A 15-pin serial port is included for the optional fax-modem. Built-in applications include spreadsheet and word processing, a personal information manager, and email function that can connect users to information available on CompuServe through the optional fax-modem.

    Sharp says the ZR-3000 is expected to retail for about $399 and will be available in November. Zaurus Remote Link software, which will allow users to retrieve data from a remote PC, will retail in November for $89.