Palm Zire 21 – Official Press Release, Spec Sheet and Photos

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As part of its three-pronged release plan for the fall, Palm has officially announced the Zire 21. At $99, it is slated to pick up where the original Zire left off, serving the entry-level Palm PDA market.

Pricing Information
We’ll be updating our Palm Zire 21 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.

Spec Sheet
Click here to take a look at the official spec sheet from Palm for the Zire 21.

Photos
There are a number of photos availble, here is a representative sampling of what is in our press kit.

Press Release

Palm Introduces Sequel to Top-selling Zire Handheld

New Zire 21 Handheld Boasts More Memory and Software with Faster Processor

MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 1, 2003 — Adding value to the top-selling original Palm(TM) Zire(TM) handheld while holding its $99 price steady, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) today introduced the Palm Zire 21 handheld, with more software, a faster processor and four times greater memory. The Zire 21 handheld — with an estimated U.S. street price of $99 — is an affordable and easy way for the first-time handheld-buyer to juggle daily tasks surrounding work, family and social activities.

Zire 21 Handheld Benefits and Features

 Four times the Storage capacity of the original Zire handheld with 8MB of memory (7.2MB user available);
 Faster access to information with new 126MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor;
 Newest versions of Date Book, Address Book, Note Pad and To Do List with the latest Palm OS(R) software, Version 5.2.1;  and
 New Software Essentials now included on the installation CD.

The Zire 21 handheld is Palm s sequel to the fastest-selling handheld in history, said David Christopher, vice president of product management for Palm Solutions Group. With the same great price and ease of use, the sequel offers more memory for data and applications, as well as faster performance. We expect the Zire 21 handheld to be another hit with first-time users and gift-givers.

Memory Expansion

With four times more memory than the original Zire handheld, the Zire 21 handheld s 8MB (7.2MB user available) adds room for storing years of appointments and thousands of contacts, with additional space for choosing from more than 19,000 applications, ranging from business software to exercise logs and shopping-list managers.(1)

New Processor

Running on a new and faster 126MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor, the Zire 21 handheld speeds access to information. Designed to meet the demands of students, families and people on the job, the Zire 21 handheld offers faster interactions and easy-to-learn-and-use applications.

Software

With the latest Palm OS software, Version 5.2.1, the Zire 21 handheld features classic Palm PIM (Personal Information Management) applications with an emphasis on value and simplicity. Palm s famous, easy-to-use PIM applications (Date Book, Address Book, Note Pad, To Do List, Memo Pad, and Calculator) allow users to quickly keep track of important information. Recurring appointments need only be entered once. Helpful reminder alarms alert users to meetings or appointments.

New valuable software essentials are included on the Zire 21 handheld installation CD. Users can keep track of birthdays and anniversaries, automobile maintenance, passwords, and expenses, as well as read an eBook and play games with software included in the box.

Zire Handheld Success

Named a best product of 2002 by BusinessWeek and PC Magazine, the original Palm Zire handheld has been the fastest-selling handheld in Palm s history, with more than 1 million units flying off shelves since its introduction last year. The sleek and elegant Zire handheld also won a Gold award in the 2003 Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition, co-sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and BusinessWeek magazine, proving that excellence does not have to come in an expensive package.

Like the original Zire handheld, the Zire 21 handheld is an easy way to carry information anywhere. Everything to get started comes in the package: rechargeable handheld (battery lasts about 2 weeks with normal use), desktop software for the PC or Mac, and cables. Entering information on a Zire 21 handheld is easy — users can enter text using Graffiti(R) 2 software (Palm s simplified alphabet), by tapping the on-screen keyboard, or by typing information into the computer and then synchronizing it onto the handheld.

Availability

The Zire 21 handheld is available now in most countries worldwide via consumer-electronics outlets, major retail chains and online e-stores.

About Palm, Inc.

Information about Palm, Inc. is available at http://www.palm.com/aboutpalm.

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