RumorMill™: Palm Preparing Three Models for Fall Release

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According to an anonymous source, three unreleased handhelds from the Palm Solutions Group are listed in the database of a major electronics retailer. However, the data on these is very sketchy and some of the figures are unreliable.

One of the models will reportedly cost $430, though the source says the pricing information in his company’s database for unreleased products is frequently incorrect. One of the few bits of information about this device in the retailer’s database is the size of the box, and it’s the same size as the one the Tungsten T2 comes in now. It’s possible this is the Tungsten T3, of which pictures were recently leaked.

According to information leaked on a Chinese website 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 listed in the retailer’s database will cost $200. If this price is correct, it appears that Palm is going to release a model to fit between its mid-range Zire 71 at $300 and the original Zire at $99. All the models Palm offers near this price range now are more than a year old.

The last upcoming model listed will have a price of $100. If true, Palm apparently plans to release an update for its very successful original Zire model.

According to the information in the retailer’s database, all three of the models are expected to be available October 1. If this information is accurate and the high-end model will be the Tungsten T3, then this model will debut just over two months after the release of the Tungsten T2.

The October 1 release date is in line with Palm’s long-time strategy of introducing new devices in the spring and fall.

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