Chinese web site eNet.com.cn has what it claims are pictures of a new addition to Palm’s Tungsten T series. If indeed these pictures are authentic, they show that the Tungsten T3 will use a new 320-by-480 pixel screen.
Though Sony has been using 320-by-480 pixel displays in its handhelds for over a year, all of these have been large clamshell-shaped devices. Consumers have been demanding a smaller tablet-shaped handheld with one of these screens almost since the first Sony model with one was released. Now it appears that Palm plans to give them what they want.
As the Tungsten T3 will still use the sliding lower section, the extra screen real estate will be covered part of the time. It will take the place of what is currently the dedicated Graffiti area. This will become a virtual Graffiti area that can be hidden, allowing the space to be used for other applications, like games and image viewers.
There are also a few interface changes. Small buttons have been added to the bottom of the screen for Home, Menu, Bluetooth, and more. In addition, the application launcher can be rotated into a landscape orientation.
There are also some changes on the inside. It appears that the T3 will have 64 MB of RAM, of which 51 MB is user accessible. It is not known if the processor speed has changed. It runs Palm OS 5.2.1.
Though the exterior of the device generally remains the same, the eNet.com.cn pictures show that the buttons have been redesigned. Rather than being in a line on either side for the D-pad, as they are in the Tungsten T, they will be arranged in a circle around it.
However, not everything has changed. Bluetooth is still included in this device.