Rumor: Palm to Release Hi-Res Model Before OS 5
Over the past few weeks, several people who have had advance looks at future Palm hardware have been willing to talk about what they have seen on the condition of anonymity. Until now, these people have indicated that while the m525, the next high-end model, will have a better screen than the m505's, it will still be the standard 160 by 160. However, a reader has reported on a conversation with European Palm executive who was asked, "Will there be a Palm product with higher resolution before Palm OS 5?" The executive answered "Yes".
According to sources, Palm had been planning to not ship a hi-res model until the release of Palm OS 5, which would be the middle of 2002 at the earliest. Many users have complained that with Sony already shipping several Palm OS based handhelds with hi-res screens, Palm can't hope to remain competitive at the high end of the market without one. If this Palm executive is correct, the company has changed its plans.
A Palm representative told a California-based Palm User Group meeting recently that the replacement for the m505 would have more sidelights and a sliding brightness adjustment.
Among the other leaked features of the m525 are 16 MB of RAM and built-in Bluetooth.
According to a source who has asked to remain anonymous, the m525 is to be released in March of next year at Cebit 2002 in Hannover Germany. The m525 won't immediately replace the m505. Instead, the m500 will be discontinued and the m505 and m525 will be available simultaneously, with the m505 costing less than the m525.
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