Rumor: More Details on the m125 Leaked
A source known only as Steve-O has provided a datasheet with a fairly complete picture of the upcoming Palm m125. The device will have a 33 MHz Dragonball VZ processor and 8 MB of RAM. The U.S. version will have 2 MB of mask ROM and the international version will have 4 MB. The use of mask ROM rather than flash ROM means the OS can't be fully upgraded.
As discussed earlier, it will have an SD expansion slot and use Palm's Universal Connector. The m125 will cost $250 and should be available near August 24.
It will be 4.7 by 3.1 by .7 inches and weigh 6.1 oz. As a comparison, the rest of the m100 series is the exact same size but it weighs only 4.4 oz.
Its shape will have more in common with the rest of the m100 series than was previously expected. While there will be changes, the m125 will still be able to use flip covers designed for the m100 series. However, it will be different enough to require a new stylus.
It isn't yet clear whether the m125 has the m100 series' smaller screen, but there are several clues to indicate that it does. The information sheet on the device says, "These new products maintain the philosophy of style, value, ease of use and ruggedness at the lowest cost." One of the reasons Palm used the smaller screen in the m100 series was to increase its ruggedness. Also, the fact that the m100 series' flip covers fit and the handhelds are the same size are good indications.
Update: Steve-O has confirmed that the m125's screen is the same size as the m100's. In fact, the whole front of the device is almost identical to the m100 and m105. Naturally the back, with its Universal Connector, is different. The flip cover looks like polished metal with a black strip around the outside, which Palm is calling the Race Stripe.
The m125 comes with a USB cradle which is the same one as comes with the m500 series. Because the m125 runs on two AAA batteries, it doesn't include the AC adapter the m500 series needs, though if an m125 is placed in a cradle with the power adapter hooked up, no harm will come to it.
To clear up any possible confusion, the m125 and m500 series will be able to share the same peripherals. As the datasheet says, "A user who purchases a new Palm modem will be able to use this accessory with their m500 or their m125."
It has an infrared port but lacks the vibrating and flashing alarms from the m500 series.
Palm OS 4.0 has been modified slightly for the m125. While Web Clipping will still be available on the CD, it won't be preinstalled on the device. Neither will the Mail app. The Network HotSync option will no longer be available. These changes are likely made to allow the operating system to fit into the 2 MB ROM. There are also various fixes to the Card Info, Note Pad, and the Clock applications and to IrDA
It will come with Palm Reader, MGI PhotoSuite 2.21, and Dataviz Documents To Go 3.002.
As mentioned earlier, they have updated Note Pad. Enhancements include the ability to make notes private, undo the last drawing mark or erase stroke, clear all drawing marks from an existing note, and delete notes in Edit view. The maximum number of notes will be limited only by memory.
m125 users will be able to access the Web with the Mobile Connectivity Software (MCS) available on CD. However, it has been slightly modified to make it easier for new users. Users will have access to the MyPalm WebPortal.
Thanks to Steve-O for all this great info.
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