The Tungsten T, which was once Palm Inc.’s flagship model, is now available for just $300. Previously, this device was selling for $350.
The Tungsten T debuted in October of last year at $500. However, sales at that price were below Palm’s expectations and in February it was dropped to $400, causing sales to pick up significantly. In May the price was further reduced to $350.
While it is the nature of handhelds that they drop in price over time, last month Palm introduced the Tungsten T’s replacement, the Tungsten T2, which offers a much brighter screen and more memory. The Tungsten T has therefore been discontinued and the Palm Store has cut its price to clear out the remaining inventory.
Earlier today, this device was briefly listed on the Palm Store for just $200, but that was evidentally a mistake as the price has since been bumped up to $300. However, the company is selling “open box” units for that price.
In addition, those who purchase a Tungsten T from the Palm Store qualify for a mail-in rebate offer on a free Veo digital camera that fits in the SD slot on the Tungsten T. Shipping for the handheld is also free.
Palm isn’t the only company cutting prices to clear out inventories of discontinued handhelds. Sony recently reduced the price of its PEG-NX70V to $400 and Sprint is offering the Treo 300 for just $99.
More About the Tungsten T
The Tungsten T runs Palm OS 5 on a 144 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP1510 processor. It has 16 MB of RAM and includes a 320 by 320 pixel screen, capable of displaying 65,536 colors. It also has built-in Bluetooth wireless networking.
The bottom part of the Tungsten T slides to alternately hide or expose the Graffiti area. This allows the handheld to be just 4 inches tall when not in use or the user is looking something up, and then expanded to allow text to be entered. When compressed, the T is 4 by 3 by .6 inches. It is 4.8 inches tall when expanded. It weighs 5.6 ounces.
Thanks to Lucky Bob for the tip.