Palm Officially Releases m125
Palm Inc. finally officially released the m125 today, one of the most leaked handheld releases ever.
This new mid-range model is a combination of the m100 and m500 series. It has the m100's general shape but uses the Universal Connector that first appeared on the m500 series. Its most significant feature is it has a side-mounted SD/MMC slot. It has a monochrome screen, runs Palm OS 4.0 with a 33 MHz chip and 8 MB of memory. It costs $250.
The m125 is 4.8 by 3.1 by .87 inches and weighs 5.31 oz. It weighs less than had been originally rumored.
Like Palm's low-end models, this handheld does not have flash ROM. This means that its operating system can not be upgraded, though small patches can be applied to fix bugs. In addition, it has the slightly smaller screen that is also on the m100 series, though the resolution has not changed. Users can put the clip-on faceplates from the m100 series on the m125 to change its appearance.
The m125 is expected to cause some confusion among peripheral buyers as it can use some but not all that have been designed for the m100 series and some but not all from the m500 series. The situation is reminiscent of the Palm IIIc which could use many of the III series accessories but not all of them due to its larger size..
It comes with Documents To Go to allow users to open and edit Microsoft Word and Excel files on their handheld. it also comes with MGI PhotoSuite Mobile Edition.
The m125 has been designed to appeal to first-time buyers. John Cook, senior director of product management atPalm, said, "These are people that are very sensitive to brand and price, and they have been waiting for that right kind of mixture of feature and functionality before they purchase."
Despite just being announced, the m125 has been on store shelves for days and was in a Dell catalog weeks ago. The specs for this handheld were leaked to this site last month and the pictures that were leaked to PDA Geek are now on the Palm Store.
Thanks to nXt for the tip. -Ed
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