Group Sense PDA Planning Second Palm OS Smartphone

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Recently, details were revealed about a Palm OS smartphone called the Zircon being developed by Group Sense PDA Limited (GSPDA). It is now known that the company also indends to make a second smartphone similar in function to the first, but with a very different design.

GSPDA Onyxn While the other model has a tablet-like shape, the Onyx is clamshell, with a screen on one side and a keypad on the other. When closed, it will be 3.9 by 1.9 by .8 inches and weigh 4.6 ounces. It will have a small monochrome LCD on the outside to display phone status.

Aside from the external differences, the two smartphones are almost identical. Like the Zircon, the Onyx uses a 33 MHz Dragonball processor to run Palm OS 4.1. Both have 16 MB of memory and lack a memory card slot of any type. They do include a D-pad, though.

Both smartphones have a color display with an on-screen Graffiti area. These screens will be 160 by 240 pixels. According to the specs, these will be 18-bit, which means they will be able to display over 260 thousand colors. Each screen is only 2.2 inches when measured diagonally.

Like its sister model, the Onyx has an integrated digital camera capable of taking color images at 352 by 288 pixels.

GSPDA Zircon As GSM/GPRS smartphones, these devices can handle both voice and data. They can handle web surfing, e-mail, WAP, SMS, MMS, and more.

The Onyx and the Zircon use a 900 mAh Li-ion battery that gives them two hours of talk time or 100 hours of standby time.

Group Sense PDA Limited says both these models should be available in Europe before the end of September. There is no word yet on when, or if, they will be available in the U.S.

According to reports from CeBIT, GSPDA is also working on a smartphone that runs Palm OS 5.

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