There have been rumors circulating for quite some time about palmOne's plans to release the Tungsten T5 and the Treo 650 this fall, but until now palmOne itself has kept mum about these upcoming models. That is no longer true, as the Palm Store, palmOne's official web store, has accidentally confirmed that these two models are coming up soon.
Neither of the two models themselves appeared for sale on the site, but a page for GPS peripherals listed both the Tungsten T5 and the Treo 650. The Palm Store has since fixed this slip-up, but a screenshot showing how it used to look is available here.
The GPS Receiver on the page communicates with the handheld via Bluetooth. This is a strong indication that both the Tungsten T5 and the Treo 650 will have this short-range wireless networking technology built into them.
While it is now virtually certain that palmOne intends to announce the Tungsten T5 and the Treo 650 in the near future, there has been no word of any other models.
This is somewhat surprising, as one of this company's best-selling models, the Tungsten E, has been on the market for almost a year now. Many had been expecting palmOne to release an updated version.
There is little definitive information available on the Tungsten T5 at this point.
According to a listing in the inventory database of a major electronics retailer, the Tungsten T5 will sell for $400.
Sources who claim to have seen this device say it will not use the sliding design that has been a hallmark of the Tungsten T series since the original model. It will therefore be thinner and longer than its predecessors.
Supposedly, it will have a unique memory set-up. It will have 256 MB of memory and use Flash ROM chips instead of RAM. This means that all the data stored will be able to survive a hard reset.
According to one source, the T5 won't have built-in Wi-Fi, but it almost certainly will be able to use palmOne's Wi-Fi SD card. It will reportedly include Bluetooth, as all of palmOne high-end models have for some time.
Based on the fact that this device uses a cradle designed specifally for it, it's likely that the T5 won't use the Palm Universal Connector. Instead it will have a USB port, allowing it to be mounted by desktops as a removable drive.
Last month, several pictures and some additional details of palmOne's next smartphone were leaked to TreoCentral.
According to this source, the Treo 650 will be quite similar to the current Treo in size and shape, but will include a HiRes screen, a better camera, and Bluetooth.
Additional information and a picture of this smartphone are available in this article.
Thanks to 1src for the tip.
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