Rumor: More Info on Palm's Forthcoming Low-End Handheld
Several sources have come forward with more information on the sub-$100 model Palm will release later this year. According to one who says he has actually seen a prototype, it is a very basic model with 2 MB of memory and no SD/MMC slot. It is not a member of the venerable m100 series. Instead, it has a shape which is described as being similar to Sony's T series. It will come in an all-white plastic casing.
According to a second source, who may contradict the first one, this model will have the standard Up/Down keys but only two app-launching hardware buttons, not the four that have always been on Palm OS devices.
As was revealed last week, yet a third source says this model will be available in October, which is in plenty of time for the all-important holiday shopping season.
All that is definitely known about this model is that, earlier this year, Eric Benhamou, Palm's CEO, said his company would release this fall a new low-end model which will debut for less than $100.
There is not yet any word of what size screen Palm will use with this model. The m100 series uses a smaller than usual one but, as mentioned earlier, this new handheld won't be a member of that series.
The first source says this model doesn't even follow Palm's system of naming its products a combination of letters and numbers. Instead, it has name that is a short word, though the source declined to reveal what it was.
There has been a great deal of debate recently on whether Palm is changing its method of naming its products. The image leaked last month of a future high-end Palm handheld is clearly labeled "Oslo", though this name could be for internal use.
In May, the company trademarked three words: Tungsten, Zire, and Veld. If Palm isn't planning to use these as actual product names, there seems little use in trademarking them. It may be a coincidence but at about that same time, Palm's CEO announced that his company would be releasing three new models later this year.
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