Rumor: New Details on the Tungsten T3, E and Zire 21
Over the past two months information has begun to surface on three possible new handhelds coming soon from Palm Inc. The new information confirms some previous reports and reveals additional specs.
The Tungsten E will have a TI 144MHz OMAP processor, 32MB of RAM and run Palm OS 5.2. It is said to have a sleek metal finish, and looks like a cross between the m515 and Zire 71. It will come bundled with Versamail 2.6 and Docs-to-Go 6.0. Docs-toGo version 6.0 may include support for native Microsoft Office files.
The device is said to have a dedicated hard Graffiti area, and not a thumboard. It will not come with a cradle. The handheld will have separate power and mini USB cable connections for syncing, similar to the original Zire. It may retail for $199 USD.
The Zire 21 is a possible replacement or update to the popular original Zire handheld. The Zire was introduced in October of 2002 at $99. The entry level device has been one of the fastest selling handhelds in Palm's history.
The new information claims the Zire 21 uses a TI-OMAP processor, 8 MB or RAM and runs OS 5.2.1. The screen is 160x160 pixel monochrome display. The handheld has the same casing as current Zire. Like the first Zire it will cost $99.
The final rumored model for the fall lineup is the Tungsten T3. The T3 appears to have a similar form factor and Tungsten T slider design. The handheld will run a 400mhz Xscale processor, includes 64MB of RAM and built in Bluetooth wireless.
The main feature of the Tungsten T3 is a large 320x480 pixel high res+ screen. The screen has portrait/landsape rotation and a software provision for lefthanders when viewing landscape ie. rotate left or right from portrait.
According to the rumor the device is the same size and weight to current Tungsten T's. It also has a new hard key button layout, and the keys can be locked to prevent turning on. The new handheld may retail for $399.
The new handhelds are expected to be announced on October 1st. This would agree with previous information from a large electronic retailers inventory database.
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