As part of its three-pronged release plan for the fall, Palm has officially announced the Tungsten E. At $199, it is geared to meet the needs of business users who don’t need wireless but desire a sleek looking PDA with color screen and expansion options.
We’ll be updating our Palm Tungsten E pricing feed every hour or so, be sure to check often. Palm has done an excellent job of keeping online retailers in check as far as pre-releasing any data, so expect the listings to come online today.
Click here to take a look at the official spec sheet from Palm for the Tungsten E.
The selection of Tungsten E photos is a little slim. Here’s what is in the press kit.
CNET/ZDNet has posted a video overview of the Tungsten 3 and E with Anthony Armenta, product manager, Palm (5 minutes 58 seconds):
“ZDNet’s Patrick Houston checks out the Palm Tungsten T3 and E models, which tout more power, new display features and upgraded personal information management software for the business user.”
Palm used the same release for the T3 and TE, so I’ve picked out the relevant parts for each device.
Palm Debuts Two Tungsten Handhelds with Innovative Software
Ultrapowerful Tungsten T3 Handheld with Breakthrough Screen and Sleek, Affordable Tungsten E Handheld Available Immediately
MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 1, 2003 — Expanding the powerful and stylish Tungsten(TM) family of business handhelds, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) today introduced two models — the Palm(TM) Tungsten T3 handheld, for the most demanding professionals who need a best-in-class color and wireless handheld; and the Palm Tungsten E handheld, for cost-conscious professionals who need premium power and performance.
Both handhelds feature substantial software innovations, including significantly more capable Personal Information Management (PIM) features and productivity software. In a separate announcement today, Palm also introduced the Palm Zire(TM) 21 handheld, designed for first-time consumers and priced at $99 (estimated U.S. street price).
Skillful integration of distinguished hardware and innovative software is key to a great customer experience, and we re convinced our New Handhelds will please new and experienced Palm handheld customers, said Ken Wirt, senior vice president and general manager of Palm s Handheld Business Unit. What s more, Palm s business innovations let us price the New Handhelds very competitively.
The Tungsten E handheld features 32MB of RAM (28.3MB user available), a crisp high-resolution color display, updated core applications, multimedia software and expandability through cards or add-on accessories. It retains the classic Tungsten appearance, with its compact, sleek modern form and improved 5-way navigator for one-handed navigation. This handheld gives professionals an upscale handheld with premium features for an estimated U.S. street price of $199.
Improved Personal Information Management
Palm s core applications have been revamped on both new Tungsten handhelds, providing improved organization and customization of information management, including the following:
A new agenda view that shows future appointments and daily tasks, while color-coded calendar options lend schedule and viewing flexibility to the day, week, month and an all-new year view;
Improved scheduling that lets users beam multiple appointments with a single command, schedule events that last past midnight and view appointment location details;
More contact information, including multiple contact addresses, more phone numbers and email addresses, instant-messaging ID, website addresses and birthdays;
Repeating tasks and alarms for easier scheduling of Tasks for reoccurring assignments and chores;
Larger memos and notes, which allow for entering and syncing more data than has been possible before; and
Advanced built-in Microsoft Outlook compatibility for seamless synchronization of new fields.
Java Virtual Machine Available for Free Download
Palm Solutions Group has licensed from IBM a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) for optimized performance on Palm Tungsten handhelds. Now, the more than 3 million members of the Java development community can write business applications for mobile workforces and consumer applications for gaming and information on the go, effectively increasing our development community tenfold.
Palm Tungsten E Handheld Features and Benefits
High-resolution Screen Improves Clarity and Readability
The Tungsten E handheld s 320 x 320 high-resolution color display — the same premium transflective TFT screen first introduced in the Tungsten C and Zire 71 handhelds — supports more than 65,000 colors. The sharp display makes viewing text, photos, VersaMail(TM) messages, Documents To Go files, and video easy and helps prevent eyestrain in dark rooms or bright sunlight.
Multimedia Software Adds to Versatility
The Tungsten E handheld s powerful Texas Instruments OMAP 311 ARM processor and 32MB (28.3MB user available) of internal memory make listening to music files(1) and playing movie trailers or home movie clips easy. It ships with RealNetworks RealOne Mobile Player as well as Kinoma Player and Producer. Users can store MP3 or RealAudio files on an expansion card and listen through the built-in speaker or via the stereo headphone jack(4). With RealNetworks RealOne Mobile Player software, users can create and manage play lists, as well as run music in the background while using most other Palm applications. With Kinoma Player and Producer, and a free downloadable QuickTime application, handheld users can transfer and display their own home movie clips on the device, as well as download movie trailers and other preformatted material from the Internet.
Palm Tungsten T3 and Tungsten E handhelds are available now in consumer-electronics outlets, major retail chains and online e-stores in most countries worldwide.
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(1) Listening to MP3s requires the use of an expansion card, sold separately.
(2) Email and ISP account required, not included.
(3) Compatible Bluetooth phone model and wireless GSM/GPRS carrier subscription required, not included.
(4) Headphones sold separately.