Rumor: More Info on the Upcoming Palm Handhelds
updated Further information about Palm's upcoming fall release has been posted and a clearer picture of the lineup is beginning to emerge. Last week rumors materialized that Palm is planing three new handhelds sometime around October. The new information shows two new Tungsten models and a update to the Zire.
In previous rumors, the first model expected (Palm Part #: P80870US) is listed with a price of $429 and comes in a cube 6x6x6" box. New information supposedly from a large retailer's database shows a Palm T3 with a $399 list price. It is reasonable to assume this device is the Tungten T3, of which pictures were leaked last month.
The T3 appears to have a similar Tungsten T slider design with a 320x480 pixel high res+ screen, 64MB of RAM, built in Bluetooth and a new button layout.
The second possible model expected was previously shown as (P80880US) with a price of $199. It will come in a 9x3.3x7" box. New information confirms the price and names the model as the Tungsten E. The Tungsten E may be a Palm OS 5 mid range replacement for the m515 and m130 handhelds, both models are over a year old and run OS 4.
The Tungsten E may take the form factor of the Tungsten W and C, which hint at the possibility the model has a built in thumb keyboard. The information posted shows the E uses the same stylus as the C and W. At a $199 price level it is unlikely to have any built in wireless functionality.
update - 8/14/03 9:43 AM
PIC has received additional possible specs from an anonymous source. The source claims the Tungsten E will have a TI 144MHz OMAP processor, 32MB of RAM, Palm OS 5.2, and a miniUSB port for synching. It will not come with a cradle, and like the original Zire, it will use the miniUSB port for syncing.
The third possible model is labeled (P80730US) with a price of $99. The new information also confirms the price and names it as the Zire 21. If accurate, the price and namesake indicate an possible replacement or update to the original Zire handheld. The Zire was introduced in October of 2002 at $99. The device has been one of the fastest selling handhelds in Palm's history.
Previous sources have indicated a Oct 1st release date. That would coincide with Palm's typical Spring/Fall release schedule. The Zire and Tungsten T were both introduced last October.
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