Rumor: More Info on Palm Zire and Palm Tungsten
Over the past several weeks information has begun to surface on two new handhelds coming soon from Palm Inc. A bit more has been found in the inventory computer system of a major electronics retailer.
The high-end model shows up in the system under the name Palm Tungsten along with a few new details. The inventory system shows that it has 16 MB of RAM and also says Cradle Included. The Tungsten has a suggested retail price of $499.99 but the system doesn't show a possible release date. It has a model number of P80850US.
According to other sources, the Tungsten be the first model from Palm to run Palm OS 5. It runs the Texas Instruments OMAP1510 processor, which runs at 175 MHz. It has a 320 by 320 screen, an SD slot, and built-in Bluetooth. It has the same shape as the Oslo prototype, a picture which was leaked this summer.
Palm OS 5 has multimedia support built into it and the Tungsten takes full advantage of it. It has a microphone, headphone jack, and speaker. According to one source it will be available in late October, though its announcement may be around the middle of October.
Palm Zire The entry-level model has no details in the electronics retailer's computer system except for the name, the Palm Zire, a possible release date of October 13, and the suggested retail price of $99.99. The Palm Zire has a model number of P80707US.
The Zire is Palm's attempt to capture the low-end market. According to sources, it is a bare-bones model with 2 MB of RAM and two hardware buttons instead of the usual four. It will run Palm OS 4.1.
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