Palm i705 Approved by FCC
Palm has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission to make a new wireless handheld model, the Palm i705. In order to get permission, the company had to give the FCC details on the device, which are now available.
The image which was leaked a few months ago of the device turns to be what it really looks like. It will have a built-in antenna and an SD slot. Of course, it will also use Palm's Universal Connector that appears on the m500 series.
Palm has been saying for months that it will be releasing before the end of the year a replacement for the aging VII series that will have "always-on" wireless access. The i705 fulfils this promise. It has the ability to check for e-mail even when the handheld itself is off.
The i705 allows the user to control when the antenna is active. This can be set manually or on a pre-set schedule. Whenever the antenna is active, the i705 will check for new mail. The radio will automatically shut itself down when the battery gets low.
It comes MultiMail Deluxe, which is the application needed to both send and retrieve mail. It also comes with a desktop mail forwarder so mail sent to the users' PC can be automatically copied to the handheld.
The i705 uses Web Clipping. It is also tied directly to the MyPalm portal, which has a function that allows users to surf to any Web site.
The To-Do List and Memo Pad buttons have been replaced with Wireless and MultiMail Deluxe ones. The Wireless button launches an app that controls when the antenna is on and gives a status report on the signal strength. The MultiMail Deluxe button launches that application.
There are small indicator lights on the top of the device to show whether the radio is on and if the user is within range of a transmitter.
The i705's screen is monochrome. Pricing is not yet available.
The information submitted by Palm is quite extensive. It includes the external photos that are shown in this article and even some internal ones. (Photo 1 and Photo 2). Unfortunately, they have all been taken from PDF files so the image quality isn't very good.
It also includes a user's manual. A complete listing of the documents submitted to the FCC is also available.
According to info that was leaked to PIC a few weeks ago, this device will be announced at PalmSource in October and be available in November. However, the source for this was off a bit on the product name, saying that it would be called the m700.
Thanks to Mike for the tip. -Ed
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