Thanks to an FCC slip-up a few months ago, it is known that palmOne plans to put out the Tungsten E2 sometime in the near future. However, not all the details of this device were revealed at that time.
Now an anonymous source has leaked what is supposed to be some additional information on this device to 1src.
According to this source, palmOne’s next entry-level handheld aimed at business users will run Palm OS Garnet (5.4) on a 200 MHz XScale processor. The current model, the Tungsten E, also uses Garnet, but it does so on a 126 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP311 processor.
A New Type of Memory
Supposedly, the Tungsten E2 will have the same amount of RAM as its predecessor, 32 MB, but this will be NVFS memory. This is a type of memory that holds information without a charge or power, just like a memory card saves pictures when not connected to a digital camera. The flash memory in the E2 will maintain its data, even when the power is exhausted. Simply charge the handheld again and the data is there.
Even without this rumor, it is virtually certain that the E2 will include NVFS memory, as both of palmOne’s recent models, the Tungsten T5 and Treo 650, have used it.
The 1src source also said the this model will offer improved battery life, but no details were available on how much better it will be.
What the FCC Said
As mentioned earlier, 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 (see image below).
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.
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.
In a recent conference call, palmOne executives said they intend to release some new products by the end of the current financial quarter, which means this will happen in May at the latest.
At the same time, palmOne is expected to put out the Zire 73, a mid-range model aimed at the consumer market.