Rumor: Full Info on m515 and m130
A very reliable source with access to both the m515 and m130 has revealed a great deal of information on both of these new models. According to him, both handhelds will be announced and released on March 4.
The m515's 16-bit color screen is not high resolution. The source described it as being about five times brighter than the m505's. He said it's brighter than a Jornada's, though not a bright as an iPaq's. In the upper right-hand corner of the Graffiti area is a icon shaped like the Sun that sets the brightness. It isn't a sliding bar; instead, it has three possible levels, Hi, Low, and Off. Even the Low setting is brighter than an m505.
He hasn't yet had a chance to see how the various brightness settings affect the battery life.
In shape, the m515 is exactly the same as the m505. It has 16 MB of RAM and runs Palm OS 4.1. Of course, it has an SD/MMC slot.
Though the source had no way to confirm this, he was told one of the goals during the design of the m515 was to be sure the USB problem in the m505 was corrected. He could say that he had had no USB problems.
The MSRP for the m515 will be $400.
The m130's 16-bit color screen isn't the same type as the m515's; it has a backlight, rather than sidelight. The source said it was similar in type to the Palm IIIc, though of a much higher quality. He also said it looked great indoors but less so outdoors.
As it is part of the m100 series, the screen is slightly smaller than the m500 series', though it still the same 160 by 160 pixels. The source said the smaller size even improved the look of the screen as the pixels are smaller and closer together. He said there is no trace of a "black grid" on either model.
In fact, the source said the m130's screen looked better than the m505's and compared favorably with the m515's.
He was able to confirm that in the upper right-hand corner of the Graffiti area is a icon that sets Screen Contrast. This is a sliding bar, and he said putting the knob near the middle looked best indoors.
The handheld itself has 8 MB of RAM and runs Palm OS 4.1. The casing is shaped like the m125 and can use the m100 series faceplates. It uses the Palm Universal Connector, meaning it can use many peripherals already available that connect to the HotSync port.
The MSRP for the m130 will be $280.
A Best Buy employee says his company's inventory system has the m515 and m130 listed for release on March 10, and he notes that Best Buy usually get new products about 5 or 6 days after other retailers. The m515 was listed in the database for $400 and the m130 was $250.
His store hasn't received a shipment of m500's, m505's, m105's or m125's in at least three weeks, and has stopped carrying the m100 all together.
As often happen right before a release, the m515 and m130 have made brief, mistaken appearances on several webstores, including PC Mall.
Thanks to both people who provided info for this article. I'm still in contact with the source. If you have any additional questions, I'll see if I can get answers. No promises, though. -Ed
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