Recently, rumors and speculation have been rampant about the Palm Solution Group’s plans to release new handhelds. The hardware part of Palm Inc. had been expected to announce new models earlier this month, in time for the giant CeBIT tradeshow, but clearly this didn’t happen. Yesterday, a company executive said that the Palm SG will announce at least one new model in the next few months.
In a conference call yesterday, Judy Bruner, Palm’s CFO, said, “We are planning a Spring product launch. Remember we launch products in the Fall and the Spring, but the launch will be in the second half of the quarter.” Palm’s current financial quarter starter March 1 and ends May 31, so new products can be expected between April 15 and the end of May.
Ms. Bruner made this comment while discussing when new revenue might start coming in so, of course, she said nothing about the nature of this handheld.
Back to Rumors and Speculation
According to rumors posted in Brighthand’s Discussion Forum, the Palm SG is developing a model that looks like the Tungsten W but includes built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking. It is also supposed to have 64 MB of RAM and Palm OS 5. Like the Tungsten W, it will have an integrated keyboard. Reportedly, there is a listing in the inventory database of a major electronics retailer for a Tungsten C which will sell for $500.
Unlike the Tungsten T, this one might use a processor from Intel. Last June, DigiTimes reported that Palm had awarded a contract to a Taiwanese company to make handhelds based on Intel XScale processors. These were expected to be available in the first three months of this year.
The Palm SG might also be planning to release new mid-range models. All of these are at least a year old now and are facing tough competition from the likes of the HP h1910, Dell AXIM X5 Entry, and Sony SJ33 and SJ22.