Tapwave Drops Zodiac Prices

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The prices for the Zodiac series of Palm OS handhelds have been cut by Tapwave. However, it possible the price reductions on these game-oriented devices is temporary.

The Zodiac 1, which has 32 MB of RAM, is now available for $270. That’s a 10 percent price reduction.

The 128 MB Zodiac 2 now sells for $350, while it previously sold for $400.

Tapwave’s Senior VP of Marketing, Byron Connell, told Tapland that these price drops may only be for the holidays, so those who are interested in a Zodiac should act quickly.

Both Zodiac models can be purchased from the Tapwave web site, but Shopper.com shows at least one retailer selling them for below the new list prices (Zodiac 1 and Zodiac 2).

Those in the U.S. who would like to try a Zodiac before purchase can find them in many CompUSA stores.

More about the Zodiac Series

Both versions of Tapwave Zodiac run Palm OS 5.2 on a 200 MHz Motorola .MX1 ARM-based processor.

Tapwave Zodiac The Zodiac series’ 320-by-480 pixel screen offers both portrait and landscape modes. This transflective display is 3.8 inches when measured diagonally and offers 16-bit color. Both models have an ATI Imageon graphics accelerator and use the the Fathammer X-Forge 3D Game Engine.

Obviously, the main focus of these handhelds is playing games, and they come bundled with two: Stunt Car Extreme and Acid Solitaire.

To allow users to play games head-to-head, the Zodiac series includes Bluetooth short-range wireless networking. Bluetooth can also be used to wirelessly connect these handhelds to a mobile phone for Internet access.

The Zodiac series sports two SD slots, one of which supports SDIO. A Wi-Fi SD card is now available for the Zodiac series.

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