In the days before a new handheld is announced, it isn’t unusual for online retailers to accidentally leak information about it. This has happened with palmOne’s upcoming high-end handheld, the Tungsten T5.
1src has noticed that Amazon.com lists the “PalmOne 3175WW Hard Case for Palm Tungsten Series.” One of the pictures of this case shows it holding what is quite likely the Tungsten T5 (see picture below).
This model will apparently not have the slider design that has been a hallmark of the Tungsten T series since its inception. Instead, it will greatly resemble the Tungsten E, a mid-range, business-oriented model the palmOne introduced last year.
What the Rumors Say about the Tungsten T5
Although palmOne has not yet announced this model, a certain amount of information has leaked out about it. Of course, much of this cannot be confirmed at this time.
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 specifically 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.
According to a listing in the inventory database of a major electronics retailer, the Tungsten T5 will sell for $400.
palmOne has a habit of announcing its new fall handhelds on October 1. This means the Tungsten T5 could be rolled out as early as this Friday.
This company is also expected to announce the next generation of its smartphone, the Treo 650, at that same time.