Since the FCC accidentally let slip some information in January, it has been known that palmOne plans to release the Tungsten E2 sometime in the next few months.
Now, it appears that the release is getting close.
Recently, palmOne accidentally put a reference to this upcoming model on its own corporate web site.
The reference was quickly removed, but not before it was caught by Google and cached.
The mention of the Tungsten E2 appeared on palmOne’s page for DataViz’s Documents To Go suite of office applications. On one side of this page is a listing of which version of this software is bundled with which palmOne handheld.
For a brief time, the Tungsten E2 was listed just below the Tungsten T5, noting that this handheld will come with Documents To Go v7 Professional Edition.
As the reference is now gone, even from Google’s cache, an image of how it looked appears to the left (the highlighting was done by Google).
The link led to what will presumably be palmOne’s future page for the Tungsten E2:
This page was not available even when the link still appeared on palmOne’s site.
No mention appeared on this page to the other handhelds palmOne is rumored to be releasing in the near future, the Zire 73 or the LifeDrive.
What’s Going On
Clearly, palmOne is preparing to announce the Tungsten E2 in the near future. On the day of the announcement, whenever it is, the palmOne web site needs to be ready, and have references to this new model in all appropriate places.
Clearly, someone slipped up and put a reference on a page that is already available to the public.
This sort of thing is not uncommon, although it is usually online retailers that mistakenly list not yet announced handhelds on their sites.
What the FCC Said
The FCC didn’t reveal all the information on this upcoming handheld, but it did give a number of significant details.
First off, the Tungsten E2 will look almost exactly like the original Tungsten E. The picture that was posted on the FCC site is virtually indistinguishable from the current model (see image below).
Like its predecessor, the E2 will have a 320-by-320-pixel (hi-res) display, not the 320-by-480-pixel display many were hoping it would have. Still, this will offer 18-bit color, better than the 16-bit color screen on the original E.
A significant improvement in the E2 will be the inclusion of Bluetooth 1.1 short-range wireless networking.
This upcoming handheld will have an SD slot, but it is unclear at this point if it will be able to use palmOne’s Wi-Fi SD card.
What the Rumors Say
According to rumor, palmOne’s next entry-level handheld aimed at business users will run Palm OS Garnet (5.4) on a 200 MHz XScale processor.
Supposedly, the Tungsten E2 will have 32 MB of NVFS memory. This is a type of memory that holds information without a charge or power, just like a memory card saves pictures when not connected to a digital camera.