Rumors Surface of the Tungsten XX

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When palmOne launched the Tungsten T5 late last year, many complained about its lack of built-in Wi-Fi. If rumors that have recently emerged turn out to be something besides a hoax, then the replacement will satisfy those who were unhappy with the current model.

A number of pictures and a description of a handheld called the Tungsten XX have been posted in the forums of forumponsel, a web site based in Indonesia. The photos have been archived at smugmug.

Tungsten XX It’s possible that the name “Tungsten XX” is a code-name, rather than the one it will carry when this model is released. This is something palmOne has done before. A pre-release LifeDrive was spotted labeled “Tungsten X”.

According to the unconfirmed information, the Tungsten XX will be similar to the Tungsten T5 in many respects. Both models will have 320-by-480-pixel displays and the same general form factor.

The Big Differences

Supposedly, the largest differences between the two devices will be in the area of wireless networking. Unlike its predecessor, the Tungsten XX will have built-in Wi-Fi and its Bluetooth capabilities will be updated to version 1.2.

The rumor indicates that the upcoming model will run a slower processor than the current one: 312 MHz vs. 416 MHz. As Wi-Fi is a notorious drain on a handheld’s battery, the reduction in processor speed may have been done to increase the Tungsten XX’s battery life.

One question not answered by this information is how much memory the future model will have. The most significant new feature in the Tungsten T5 was the inclusion of 160 MB of memory that acts something like an internal SD card. It is not known if the Tungsten XX will also offer this.

However, what might be a clue is the fact that the button on the Tungsten T5 that launches its Files application — which is used to access the contents of the internal drive — has been switched to launching a web browser on the Tungsten XX.

No Cobalt

According to this source, the Tungsten XX will not use Palm OS Cobalt, the latest version of this operating system that has yet to be used on any handheld or smartphone.

Instead, this model will supposedly run Palm OS Garnet 5.4.9.

palmOne’s lack of interest in Cobalt has led some to suspect that this company will skip this version of the operating system completely, in favor of Palm OS for Linux. The first devices running this operating system are expected in the first half of next year.

Even assuming that the Tungsten XX is real, it is not known at this time when this handheld will be released or at what price.

Thanks to wolwol for the tip.

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