Rumors have been circulating for close to a month now about palmOne’s next high-end handheld. Until now, this has always been called the LifeDrive. Now, however, there are some signs that this might not actually be the correct name.
mobile-review has obtained what are supposedly some preliminary documents describing this model.
Among these is a list of Key Selling Points. On this, LifeDrive appears as a description of this model’s built-in 4 GB hard drive, not as the device itself.
Update: The latest leaked images of this device have the Tungsten brand on them. A source familiar with palmOne’s plans has just revealed to Brighthand that this device will be called the Tungsten X.
Additionally, the source indicates that earlier rumors about the amount of RAM in this model were incorrect. Instead of 32 MB of RAM, it will have 64 MB, with about 57 MB of this available to the user.
News.com‘s Richard Shim, in his official blog, reports being told by an anonymous source that, unlike most palmOne handhelds for the past several years, this model will not come with Real Networks’ RealPlayer. Instead, it will ship with NormSoft’s Pocket Tunes.
However, Real Networks won’t be totally out of the picture. The version of Pocket Tunes that will come with the new palmOne handheld will reportedly be able to work with Real’s Rhapsody music service.
This currently offers over 80,000 songs and 60 commercial-free radio stations.
In addition, Pocket Tunes is able to play MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, and WAV files.
Overview of the Tungsten X
The rumors say that the next high-end model from palmOne will run Palm OS Garnet on a 416 MHz XScale processor.
It will support USB 2.0, so transferring files onto the Hitachi 4 GB miniature hard drive should be relatively quick.
Supposedly, this device will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 1.1 wireless networking.
The Tungsten X will run Palm OS Garnet on a 416 MHz XScale processor.
It will reportedly be somewhat larger than palmOne’s latest high-end model, the Tungsten T5.
This handheld will have a 320-by-480-pixel display.
The Tungsten X is expected to be announced in mid-May and cost about $500.