RumorMill™: palmOne Preparing Zire 72

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palmOne has long had a habit of refreshing its product line in the springtime. With this rapidly approaching, there’s a great deal of anticipation for the new models. Though, of course, nothing official has been said about them yet, numerous rumors have been circulating.

The latest is about a new mid-range model, the Zire 72. Palm Addict is reporting that this will be quite similar to the Tungsten E in size and shape and use a 320-by-320-pixel screen.

Supposedly, it will run Palm OS Garnet 5.2.1 and include 64 MB of RAM, though just 56 MB of this will be available to the user.

Like its predecessor, the Zire 71, this new model will have a built-in digital camera. On the Zire 72, though, this will be a 1.3 megapixel camera, allowing it to take much better pictures.

Reportedly, this will be the first Zire model to include Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.

There is no word yet on what this will cost or when it will be available. However, if this information is correct, it will likely be a mid-range model that will be released this spring.

Other Rumored Models

Last month, a Chinese web site posted some pictures of the Zire 31, which will reportedly be the replacement for the current Zire 21. This PDA is supposed to include a 160-by-160-pixel screen that is color, not monochrome like the Zire 21’s. It will run some version of the Palm OS on a 200 MHz XScale processor. It will use the same general design as the Zire 21.

There has also been talk of a Tungsten E2, but details are very sketchy on this model. It will supposedly offer a 320-by-480-pixel screen and Bluetooth but little else is known.

Many are hoping that palmOne will release a handheld running the new Palm OS Cobalt this spring, though no details of this model have yet leaked out. Still, Palm Addict has an unconfirmed report that palmOne is going to stop using the slider that is on all the Tungsten T series models.

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