Is This palmOne’s Next High-End Handheld? (Updated)

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Rumors have been flying around for about a week that palmOne is putting together a new high-end handheld.

This is supposed to be loaded down with features, including two types of wireless networking and a built-in microdrive.

Today, a picture of what is supposedly this device was submitted to Engadget (see image below).

The picture seems to match up with the rumored description for this device, but it could easily be just a clever bit pf Photoshop work.

Note: Look at the picture, make a decision, then vote in the poll.


According to unconfirmed reports, this upcoming device won’t be part of the Tungsten family. Instead, it will be called the LifeDrive. However, it’s possible this is just the code-name for this handheld.

Update: To add a quite a bit of authenticity to this rumor, palmOne obtained a trademark for “LIFEDRIVE” on August 27, 2004.

More About the LifeDrive

The rumors say that the LifeDrive will have 32 MB of RAM, but most of its Storage will be in form of a 4 GB miniature hard drive. It will support USB 2.0, so transferring files onto the microdrive will be relatively quick. palmOne Life Drive

Supposedly, this device will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 1.1 wireless networking.

The LifeDrive will run Palm OS Garnet on a 416 MHz XScale processor.

It will reportedly be somewhat larger than palmOne’s latest high-end model, the Tungsten T5.

This handheld is expected to have a 320-by-480-pixel display that will offer 18-bit color.

This handheld is supposed to be out at the end of April for $500.

Thanks to Sammy at Palm Addict and Jay W in the Brighthand forums for the tips.

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