As part of its three-pronged release plan for the fall, Palm has officially announced the Tungsten T3. Priced at $399, The T3 offers the largest screen of any PDA that is viewable in portrait or landscape, integrated Bluetooth and 64MB RAM.
We’ll be updating our Palm Tungsten 3 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 3.
There are a number of photos availble, here is a representative sampling of what is in our 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 T3 handheld is Palm s first device that supports a high-resolution color screen in landscape, as well as the typical portrait mode. The handheld offers greater input flexibility, streamlined access to key features and optimal viewing in either mode. The screen display is 50 percent larger than on any previous Palm branded device, and the new soft input screen area provides a virtual Graffiti(R) 2 writing area. With faster Bluetooth(TM) setup embedded in the handheld, a wireless communications suite, fast XScale processor, 64MB of RAM (52MB user available), and superior office and multimedia capabilities, the Tungsten T3 handheld offers exceptional performance in a compact design for an estimated U.S. street price of $399.
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 T3 Handheld Features and Benefits
New Display Enables Horizontal and Vertical Viewing
The Tungsten T3 handheld s stunning 320 x 480 color transflective TFT display expands as the slider is opened, allowing landscape as well as portrait modes to be used by a simple tap on the screen. Users can rotate between modes in one tap. Traditional portrait mode is ideal for most applications and for one-handed navigation. Landscape mode often is better when viewing spreadsheets, email, web pages and multimedia clips. At the bottom of the display, Palm added a new status bar — a toolbar with icons to give users one-tap access to screen rotation and other frequently used features.
Powerful Performance and More Expansion Options
The Tungsten T3 handheld comes with a powerful 400Mhz Intel XScale processor and 64MB of RAM (52MB user available), allowing plenty of space and speed for complex documents or applications. Expandability options using the expansion slot or Universal Connector include a digital camera, MARGI Presenter-to-Go, Palm s Power To Go charger, and a variety of keyboards.
Preloaded Business and Multimedia Applications Save Start-up Time
The Tungsten T3 handheld is compatible with today s most popular business file formats — Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint — using DataViz(R) Documents To Go(R) Professional Edition. Multimedia applications such as RealOne Mobile Player, Palm Photos, Kinoma Player and Voice Memo Recorder deliver support for MP3 (1) files, JPEG photos, video clips and voice notes. For the first time, these applications are built in, saving new buyers valuable time and memory since they do not have to load this software on their handhelds.
Enhanced Bluetooth Capabilities Create More Seamless User Experience
Built-in Bluetooth wireless connectivity gives mobile professionals the ability to access wireless content and stay connected while out of the office with the Tungsten T3 handheld.(2) By using a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone as a modem(3), users can access the web and email or swiftly initiate a phone call using Quick Lookup. Users also can perform a wireless HotSync(R) operation with Bluetooth-enabled computers and share information wirelessly with other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
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.