palmOne, Dell Lower Handheld Prices

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Two handheld makers have each cut the prices on one of their models.

Tungsten T2

palmOne has lowered the price of its Tungsten T2 by $50. This brings the price for this device down to $299.

The T2 came out last summer but was quickly overshadowed by the T3. palmOne originally released the T2 at $400 but lowered it to $350 when its successor was released in the fall.

The T2 runs Palm OS 5.2 on a 144 MHz TI processor. It has 32 MB of RAM, of which 29.7 MB is directly available to the user. It has a 320-by-320-pixel screen and Bluetooth, and it uses palmOne’s slider design, in which the bottom of the device moves up to reduce the size or slides down to expose the Graffiti area.

In addition, palmOne is offering a $50 mail-in rebate off the price of its Zire 71, bringing its cost down to $199.

Dell Axim X3i

Dell has dropped the price of its Axim X3i from $379 to $349. This change actually happened some weeks ago, but Dell did it so quietly that many people missed it.

In addition, Dell has temporarily taken another 10% off the cost, so the current price for this Pocket PC is $315.

The X3i runs Windows Mobile 2003 on a 400 MHz processor. It offers 64 MB of RAM, 64 MB of ROM, and Wi-Fi wireless networking.

Dell is expected to release a version of the X3i that also includes Bluetooth in the coming months.

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