palmOne announced today that it has sold 1.5 million Tungsten E units worldwide in 14 months.
All in all, this has been a remarkably successful product. According to the market-research company The NPD Group, the Tungsten E accounted for 21 percent of all handhelds sold in the U.S. during its first year on the market.
This handheld is targeted at both budget-conscious professionals and consumers. It was palmOne’s first handheld with a high-res color screen to debut below $200.
Despite being on the market for over a year, the Tungsten E has held its value well. palmOne is still selling this handheld for the same price it had at its introduction, and Shopper.com turns up no online retailers offering it for much less.
Perhaps its continuing success helps explain why palmOne decided to not release an updated version this fall, as many were expecting.
palmOne Needs a Sequel
Even though the Tungsten E has remained popular for a remarkably long time, no product lasts forever. And whatever replacement palmOne comes up with needs to be at least as successful as the Tungsten E.
After dominating handheld sales for close to a decade, palmOne’s share of the market slipped substantially during the third quarter of this year, dropping 13.3 percent over the same quarter a year ago.
The company needs another success like the Tungsten E if it is going to remain the number one maker of handhelds.
An Overview of the Tungsten E
The Tungsten E comes with a 126 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor, 32 MB of RAM (28.3 MB of which is directly available to uses), an SDIO slot, and a color screen.
It measures 4.5 inches tall, 3.1 inches wide and 0.5 inches thick, and weighs 4.6 ounces. It runs on Palm OS version 5.2.1.