PDA News: Palm Zire 71 Out, Free Handspring Treo 180, iPaq 2200

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Palm Zire 71 Available Now

There are several rumors floating around that the Palm Zire 71 is available in some store locations.  I have confirmed this with certain anonymous sources and can also confirm the official release date is supposed to be this Wednesday 4/23/2003.  The culprit stores that are making the availability before this 4/23/2003 release appear to be only bricks & mortar locations right now.  Target, OfficeMax and Staples in certain locations across the U.S. have had the Zire 71 on the shelves since Saturday.  I’m in Ohio and haven’t found any around me, but try calling your local store to find out.  The price on the Zire 71 is $299.98.  Here’s a picture of the device:

The specs are as follows:

Palm Zire 71 $299.99
SKU: 20339340
Model: P80720US

16MB Memory
Built in Camera 640 x 480 res
320 x 320 High res Color Screen
Palm OS 5.2.1
Media Capable MP3 Video Games
TI Arm Processor
Dual Expansion, i.e. SD slot and Universal Connector

Whenever web retailers start making it available we will have pricing here.

Rumor: The Tungsten C is also reportedly available at certain stores in the U.S., according to sources the Tungsten C comes with a 400Mhz X-Scale processor, Transreflective 320×320 screen, 802.11b WiFi, 64Mb RAM (59Mb for storage), SD card slot, Tungsten W like casing and thumboard with a price tag of $499.

Cheap Treo from Amazon, Free Treo from Tiger

Amazon.com has the Handspring Treo 300 PDA Phone for $500 – $350 rebates = $150 with free shipping. Activation is required with SprintPCS to get this deal, but $150 is a pretty sweet deal.  If that’s too much money for you though, Tiger.com is offering the Treo 180 for FREE after  $150 rebate with activation.

iPaq 2200 Rumored May Release

BrightHand.com is reporting they believe the iPaq 2200 will be released at the end of May or beginning of June.

According to BrightHand:

“In late March, the FCC gave its approval for Hewlett Packard to begin offering a new line of Pocket PCs, at least one of which will have built-in Bluetooth wireless networking. A few days ago, High Tech Computer, the company making the device for HP, sent a message to the FCC asking that the approval documentation be taken down because the devices won’t be available for some time…Plus, the FCC posted the exact request for confidentiality on its site, which reveals what might be the release date for these handhelds. The letter says, “because these two products are still confidential to market until May 30, please set aside the FCC grant.” Later it says, “please also un-set aside these two grant[s] so that the information is back on the FCC website on May 30.”

We’ll see if they’re right on this release, I certainly hope so, the device will come in a iPaq 1910 style package (aka, very nice design), should have both an SDIO slot and CF slot, and bluetooth.  Some think it may carry the Pocket PC 2003 OS as well, we shall know soon it seems!

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