In the days before a new handheld is announced, it isn’t unusual for online retailers to accidentally leak information about it. This has just happened with palmOne’s upcoming high-end handheld, the LifeDrive.
Amazon.com currently has a brief description and several pictures of this device.
Most of the information simply helps confirm details of this device that were already known, but those who are eager to buy a LifeDrive should be interested to learn that Amazon.com says it will be available on May 18.
This online retailer is not taking pre-orders, but if this model is added to the Amazon.com “Wish List,” the price listed is $499.99.
In addition to the LifeDrive, Amazon.com also lists several accessories for this upcoming handheld.
The “PalmOne 3218WW Aluminum Hard Case” will sell for $49.99, while the “PalmOne 3219WW Leather Case” will cost $39.99.
The “PalmOne 3220WW Stylus Pen 3 Pack” will be $19.99.
Overview of the LifeDrive
The rumors say that the next high-end model from palmOne will run Palm OS Garnet on a 416 MHz XScale processor.
Supposedly, the LifeDrive will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 1.1 wireless networking. Of course it will come with a web browser and email application.
It will be somewhat larger than palmOne’s latest high-end model, the Tungsten T5, but it won’t be as large as some rumors have indicated. The LifeDrive will be 4.7 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.8 inches thick. It will weigh 6.8 ounces.
4 GB of Storage
The most significant feature of the LifeDrive, and the one from which it draws its name, will be its built-in Hitachi 4 GB miniature hard drive.
This model will reportedly support Drive Mode, so users can plug their handheld into the USB port on a desktop or laptop and have the microdrive appear as a removable drive.
It will support USB 2.0, so transferring files onto the microdrive should be relatively quick.
It will also have an SD card slot for additional, removable storage.
The LifeDrive will have a 320-by-480-pixel display that supports both portrait and landscape modes. It will offer full-screen video playback, and its hard drive will be able to store up to 8 hours of video, depending on how the movie is encoded.
Unlike most palmOne handhelds for the past several years, this model will not come with Real Networks’ RealPlayer. Instead, it will ship with a version of NormSoft’s Pocket Tunes that will be able to work with Real’s Rhapsody streaming music service. In addition, Pocket Tunes is able to play MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, and WAV files.
It will come with an application called Camera Companion that will allow users to easily pull the pictures off an SD card and copy them to its internal hard drive.
But it won’t be just a multimedia-oriented device. It will also come with DocumentsToGo, allowing it to work with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Acrobat files.
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