In a conference call yesterday, palmOne executives said they intend to release some new products by the end of the current financial quarter, which means this will happen in May at the latest.
Rumors what are supposedly these new palmOne handhelds have been making the rounds this week.
Some of these are believable, while others more resemble someone’s dream than an actual device. A couple of the more credible ones appear below.
It is fairly certain that palmOne is going to release a new handheld called the Zire 73 this Spring. However, exactly what features this device will offer are not known.
Recently, a Brighthand reader submitted a description for this device. According to him, it will be heavily multimedia oriented, with a high-resolution camera.
A device like this needs lots of Storage space, so it will supposedly have 4 GB of memory. Exactly what form this will take was not mentioned. This could be a built-in microdrive or flash memory.
This device will reportedly be available May 1.
Brighthand’s Thoughts: While this device isn’t impossible, so much storage space would add considerably to its cost, likely pushing it out of the price range palmOne likes to charge for its Zire models. For example, the retail price of a 4 GB Hitachi microdrive is $200.
On the other hand, palmOne executives said recently that a entertainment-oriented device is in the pipeline, although they declined to give any more details.
New High-End Model
Someone recently submitted to Palm Addict the description of an upcoming high-end model.
Supposedly, this device will also have 4 GB of built-in memory and Wi-Fi wireless networking. It is reportedly somewhat larger than palmOne’s current high-end model, the Tungsten T5.
This source goes on to say that this device won’t be called the T6, and won’t even be part of of the Tungsten family. Instead, palmOne will launch a new sub-brand.
This handheld is supposed to be out at the end of April.
Update: MrPalm.com, a web site based in Thailand, reports being told some additional information on this model. Not only will it have Wi-Fi, but it will also have Bluetooth. It will have a better screen than the T5, although exactly how it will be better wasn’t revealed.
Supposedly, the new name will be “Life Drive,” and it will cost $500.
Brighthand’s Thoughts: While it’s more likely that a high-end model would have 4 GB of Storage than a consumer-oriented device like the Zire 31, it would be surprising for palmOne to give up its well-established Tungsten brand.
What We Know for Sure
A few months ago, the FCC accidentally posted for a brief time some information on an upcoming palmOne handheld, the Tungsten E2. More information on this model is available in this article.