New HandEra Device Officially Announced

As has been rumored for months, HandEra officially released the details on its new handheld today. It runs a Dragonball VZ processor that has been overclocked to 45 MHz. The screen will be an amazing 640x640 resolution using a technique called pixel quadrupling. The built-in Palm apps won't be able to take advantage of this new resolution but HandEra has included several apps that will.

The company made its reputation by providing industry-standard hardware slots and the new device lives up to this legacy, and then some. In addition to the expected CompactFlash slot and the rumored MMC one, the new handheld will offer an SD slot, a PC Card slot, and in a stunning move, a SpringBoard slot.

The company did have to sacrifice size to add all these additional features. While the device is only 4.5 inches long by 3.1 inches wide, it is 4 inches deep, making it look rather brick-like. It weighs 1.5 pounds.

At the release the company's CEO and co-founder, Michael HandEra, commented on the device's unusual form-factor. "Yes, it is almost shaped like a cube but we heard Apple's Cube was a big hit so we decided to copy them."

He went on to say, "We spent a lot of time trying to come up with a name that would really express the love and excitement we fell towards this device. Finally, we found what we were looking for: HEQ-67432189654321."

When asked if the device will be able to use peripherals designed for previous versions of the company's products, Mr. HandEra responded, "Yeah right. In your dreams."

The company's co-founder, Karen TRGpro, speaks only her native Korean but we were able to translate her comments with Babblefish. She said, "Little bird jujitsu USB sea urchin." Well said, Ms. TRGpro, well said.

While the HEQ-67432189654321 was announced today, it won't be available until late November, 2002. When asked why they decided to announce the device so long before the release date, Mr. HandEra said, "We were going to announce at CeBit but I went to a beer hall the night before the show opened and woke up a couple of days ago in a gutter in Lipsig wearing a dress and clutching a rag dolly."

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april fools

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 8:29:53 AM #
heheheheh !!!!!

RE: april fools
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 8:50:06 AM #
Well, you got me to "read more". Cute

RE: april fools
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 11:32:21 AM #
Had my attention for at while, at least for a few lines. Wondered why Handera would released an overclocked machine. Then realized it's April fools. Nice article, well-written including the mock up unit.

Not all of this story is fake...
MadMax @ 4/1/2001 11:50:44 AM #
I did see a guy in the gutter in Lipsig, wearing a dress and clutching a rag dolly.

RE: april fools
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 12:58:44 PM #
I think this basically sums up our PDA wish list :)

New HandEra available at BestBuy in Arizona!!!

mattyparanoid @ 4/1/2001 11:34:18 AM #
Currently on vacation in Scottsdale, AZ and woke this morning to find the new HandEra on sale at the local BestBuy! The store is located in The Pavillions shopping center on Pima Road.

It is a small ad in the Sunday BestBuy Sales Circular, so I went over the the BestBuy to see if they had any in stock. They only had an initial allocation of one pallet (175 devices) so they will sell out quick!

Price is set at $449 but there is a $99 rebate with a years subscription to MSN. See Bill in the PDA department. I got mine, it is in the charger now....Can't wait to get online with my PCMCIA cable modem!

RE: New HandEra available at BestBuy in Arizona!!!
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 12:21:24 PM #
When did TRG start selling in Retail Stores?? Wish it were true; Happy April Fool!

RE: New HandEra available at BestBuy in Arizona!!!
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 4:52:23 PM #
TRG does sell at Sam's for $ 299. The TRGPro that is

Ha ha

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 1:26:32 PM #
Very Good...

I hate you guys...

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 1:41:23 PM #
Superb job! Bravo! Given how excited I have been about the potential release of this product, I fell for it hook-line-and-sinker ;-) I think I began to wise up when I read the 640x640 resolution. Preying on the hopes and dreams of innocent PDA lovers... I love it ;-)

Very good

Ian @ 4/1/2001 1:44:58 PM #
Stunning, the best april fool i've read so far today, brilliant.

April fools jokes are funny

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 2:06:35 PM #
Oh wait, April fools! They aren't funny.

April 1st

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 3:38:54 PM #
Damn and blast you - you got me with that picture ! Quite well done I must say. Keep on the good work !

RE: Image
Ed @ 4/1/2001 3:45:41 PM #
In case you are curious, the picture is a heavily edited photo of an m505. I just took all the curves out of it and made it a boxier shape. I thought it came out surprisingly well, considering my limited PhotoShop skills.

Palm Infocenter

BS all the way!

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 5:19:21 PM #
BS all the way!

more details please

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 8:58:02 PM #
you neglected to fill in some important details about this new handera... does it have the 64mb ram, built-in wireless capability and voice command recognition that we were expecting? if not then i'm probably just gonna stick with the visor twist that i got last weekend (yes, during the new compusa rebate snafu).

RE: more details please
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/1/2001 10:34:01 PM #

RE: more details please
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/2/2001 12:36:36 AM #
ok you had me!!

this website are turning into

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/2/2001 10:30:06 AM #
though, i hoped the handera would have overclock cpu, 16bit color screen and still have the CF slot

The Greatest Plam !!

TIMMY YIP @ 4/3/2001 7:18:05 PM #
I love it! Hope to buy one ASAP!

April 1 blossum

Ozzy Downunder @ 4/4/2001 12:38:35 AM #
Beaudy mate - well done - mind you a Solar power cell wouhd have topped it off nicehy!

ha ha

leerwd @ 4/4/2001 6:26:10 AM #
who would want to carry a brick in there pocket, you could solve all of the memory problems with multiple memory adapters for a springboard


I.M. Anonymous @ 5/10/2001 2:32:09 PM #
ohmigod, that's the funniest thing i have read in a long time! just read about it in the ny times - if only it were a little slimmer. but still, pretty sweet!



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