palmOne Releases the Zire 31
palmOne today officially announced the Zire 31. It is the first sub-$150 color, full featured handheld to include mp3 audio and SD memory expansion.
palmOne has also announced the new Zire 72 handheld, a multimedia-capable handheld with a built-in 1.2 megapixel digital camera and audio/video playback ability.
“With its bright, colorful screen, the Zire 31 handheld is the first color, full-featured handheld introduced at less than $150,” said Ken Wirt, palmOne senior vice president and general manager of the Handheld Business Unit. “The Zire 31 handheld will keep your schedule, hold your phone numbers, store photos of family and friends, even play MP3s or games.”
The palmOne Zire 31 runs Palm OS 5.2.8 on a 200Mhz Intel ARM -based processor and includes 16MB of memory (14MB user available). It has dimensions of 4.4 x 2.9 x .6 inches and weighs 4.1 ounces. It has a 160x160 pixel color STN display that supports thousands of colors. The Zire 31 also includes a 5 way navigation button, SD memory expansion slot and has a 900mAh capacity rechargeable battery.
palmOne expects the Zire 31 handheld to attract new as well as upgrade customers with the MP3 functionality and the added benefit of color and enhanced readability. Students and superparents want an easy-to-use device that supports all aspects of their lives: family, friends, school and work. This new handheld is for people who need an easy-to-carry device to replace bulky paper organizers, but who are not willing to spend a lot of money or time managing daily responsibilities.
The Zire 31 retails for $149 USD and is available now from the palmOne online store.
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