Tungsten E2 May Be Coming April 10

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Although it has been known for some time that palmOne intends to release the Tungsten E2 sometime this spring, it has not been known exactly when this will happen.

Now, however, some very strong evidence has emerged that indicates the release will be in just over a week.

The online retailer DataVision recently began offering the Tungsten E2 on its web site.

Engadget reports that it contacted this company and learned that this handheld will go on sale April 10. The suggested retail price will be $220.

The Evidence

Although palmOne has not yet acknowledged that the Tungsten E2 is coming soon, there can be little doubt of it. Quite a bit of information about this upcoming model has slipped out in the past few months.

The FCC slipped up in January and posted for a brief time on its web site some information on the Tungsten E2.

In addition, palmOne accidentally put a reference to this upcoming model on its own corporate web site earlier this week.

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).

Tungsten E2 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.

In addition, the Tungsten E2 will use the same connector as palmOne’s other new models, the Tungsten T5 and the Treo 650.

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.

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