Palm m100 Released
Palm sent out a press release early this morning confirming the launch of the new M100 today. The 2 meg Palm M100 features a small, durable, modern design which enables use of interchangeable fashion faceplates, as well as a full line of accessories such as the PalmPix, the Portable keyboard and mp3 players. It includes a new Note Pad application that captures handwritten notes, a clock application and a new HotSync cable, not cradle.
The Palm m100 handheld lets users customize and personalize their handheld through colorful faceplates that snap on and off. The Palm m100 ships with a black faceplate, with optional faceplates available in Silver Mist, Blue Mist, Green Mist, Pacific Blue and Ruby Pearl at an estimated street price of $19.95 each.
Update: The Palm site had been updated with lots of pictures of the new devices.
* Updated further with more info on the m100's new features.
"Consumers love to personalize their products, and the new m100 faceplates give people lots of room to show their style, make a statement and customize their handheld," said Byron Connell, vice president, Consumer Markets Group at Palm. "Plus, the ability to scribble notes, maps and drawings and then store them on a handheld is a great addition to our traditional data input through the on-screen keyboard or Graffiti. And true to the Palm experience people have come to expect, the m100 is fun, flexible and very simple to use."
The Palm m100 handheld includes:
* ROM - 2 MB Masked ROM (4 MB on Japanese device)
* RAM - 2 MB DRAM
* Processor - 16 MHz Motorola Dragonball (TM) EZ (MC68EZ328)
* Display - 160 x 160 pixel (.29 dot pitch) 4-bit active matrix TFT display. The LCD differs from that of other Palm devices.
* Shape - Completely New Form Factor
* Serial - The pin order is the same as the Palm IIIx, however, the size and shape is new.
* Battery - 2 AAAs
* Palm OS software 3.5.1
* Palm Desktop software version 3.5
* HotSync Manager version 3.06
Other Changes Worth Noting
* The alarm sound is significantly louder than that of any other Palm device (Low = 50 dB in SPL, Med = 62 and High = 75)
* 3 ROM versions will be released:
-EFIGS (which allows you to pick between English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish)
* 3 New Applications have been added:
-NotePad (allows you to scribble out notes or draw on the screen, as well as set an alarm for these. NotePad records are synched back to a NotePad application that runs on the PC or MAC, which remains separate from the Palm Desktop.)
-Clock (Clock featuring large numbers and alarm functionality)
* The European device running the EFIGS ROM will come bundled with a new mail application designed to connect via a cell phone.
* Mail, Expense, and Network HotSync have been removed.
* The MemoPad HardKey now is set to map to the NotePad application. MemoPad can still be accessed from the launcher.
* Two new selectors in the silk screen area. The new clock application displays the time when the user taps a small dot in the top left corner of the graffiti alphabet writing area on the silk screen (analogous to the "abc" keyboard popping up when the user taps the bottom left corner). Further, the contrast control is accessed by tapping the top right corner of the graffiti number writing area.
* When the device is off, the user can access the clock display by pushing the scroll up arrow hard key. This will wake the device up, display the clock for a couple of seconds and then put the device back to sleep. Note that security applications may prevent this from working.
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