RumorMill™: More Details on Three Upcoming Palm Models

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Several days ago, a rumor surfaced that Palm is preparing to release three New Handhelds this fall. Now, additional information is available about these models.

According to the original rumor, three unreleased handhelds from the Palm Solutions Group were listed in the database of a major electronics retailer. However, little information was available. Still, it was said that that one model would cost $430, the second would cost $200, and the third $99. All three were expected to be released October 1.

Recently, there were posts in the discussion forums of several handheld-related web sites which claimed that a second national electronics retailer lists these three models and gives a bit more information about them.

Supposedly, one of these models will be the Tungsten T3, of which pictures were recently leaked. The price given is $399.

According to information leaked on a Chinese web site last month, the Tungsten T3 will use a new 320-by-480 pixel screen that supports both portrait and landscape modes. The device supposedly also uses a new button layout and will have more RAM than the T2. Otherwise, it will be quite similar to the current model.

The second model reportedly listed in the retailer’s database is the Tungsten E at $199. This will help fill the hole between Palm’s mid-range Zire 71 at $300 and the original Zire at $99. All the models Palm currently offers near this price range are more than a year old.

If this rumor is correct, the Tungsten E will be the first entry-level Tungsten model. Its name also indicates that it has been designed primarily for business users. Many people might be under the mistaken impression that the Tungsten line is only for Palm’s high-end models, while the Zire line is for less-expensive ones. Actually, the Tungsten line is for handhelds designed for business users, while the Zire line is for consumers. When Palm first introduced these lines last year, it said there could be Zire models that cost more than some Tungsten ones.

The last upcoming model listed will be the Zire 21 at $99. If true, Palm apparently plans to release an update for its very successful original Zire model.

The second retailer does not give a release date for these models. However, an additional source in the Handheld Industry has confirmed the October 1 release date for all three models.

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