First Hint of the Zire 73

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A few months ago, the FCC accidentally posted for a brief time some information on an upcoming palmOne handheld, the Tungsten E2.

Now there’s some evidence that this company may be planning to release a second new model in the near future. Buy.com is currently offering the “PalmOne Slim Leather Case for Zire 72 & 73.”

Unsurprisingly, there are no details about the Zire 73 included on the page, but this case wraps around the device, which indicates that the Zire 73 will likely be almost exactly the same size as its predecessor.

While this is hardly confirmation of the Zire 73, it isn’t unusual for online retailers to slip up and put mentions of upcoming devices on their web sites.

More on the Tungsten E2

The FCC didn’t reveal all the information on this upcoming handheld, but it did give a number of significant details.

First off, the Tungsten E2 will look almost exactly like the original Tungsten E. The picture that was posted on the FCC site is virtually indistinguishable from the current model.

Tungsten E2 Like its predecessor, the E2 will have a 320-by-320-pixel (hi-res) display, not the 320-by-480-pixel display many were hoping it would have. Still, this will offer 18-bit color, better than the 16-bit color screen on the original E.

A significant improvement in the E2 will be the inclusion of Bluetooth 1.1 short-range wireless networking.

In addition, the Tungsten E2 will use the same connector as the palmOne other new models, the Tungsten T5 and the Treo 650.

This upcoming handheld will have an SD slot, but it is unclear at this point if it will be able to use palmOne’s Wi-Fi SD card.

The information on the FCC site didn’t reveal what processor the Tungsten E2 will use, or how much RAM it will have.

Coming Soon

palmOne has a long history of releasing New Handhelds in the mid or late Spring. This gets them on shelves in time for them to be given as gifts for Father’s Day and High School Graduation (the so-called “Dads and Grads” season).

If palmOne does plan to release the Zire 73 and Tungsten E2, then it will likely be in the next couple of months.

Tungsten 2005

Recently, the blog schestowitz.com reported being sent an email describing palmOne’s next high-end handheld, which will supposedly be called the Tungsten 2005.

This story has been picked up by a number of Palm-related web sites, despite the fact that the specifications given more resemble someone’s dream than an actual device.

Some of the details are possible, like Palm OS Cobalt and a VGA screen. However, some are less likely, like a new HotSync connector with built-in Ethernet and a 3 megapixel camera.

In addition, some of the supposed specifications don’t make much sense, like “Wavelan” and “Compatibility mode for pocket Windows.”

Thanks to Sammy at Palm Addict for the tip.

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