Rumor: Palm m515, m130 Coming in April
According to someone who recently attended a roadshow of Palm OS devices in Germany, Palm Inc. plans to introduce several new models in the next few months. In addition to the wireless model that has already gotten so much attention lately, the company will announce on March 4 two new color handhelds. Also covered at this roadshow was Palm's plans for wireless handhelds and a bit on OS 5.
The m515 will be a high-end color device that will take the place of the m505. It will have a much brighter display than the m505 but still have the same screen resolution. It will also have 16 MB of RAM.
The source was able to snap a picture during the presentation on the m515. It shows a side-by-side comparison of the m515 and m505 projected on an overhead. The m515 is on the left and is noticeably brighter than the m505.
On the same day, Palm will announce the m130, a mid-range handheld with a color screen and the same shape as the rest of the m100 series. The source was not clear on how much RAM it will have. It will be able to use the m100 series replaceable faceplates and has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
The source was also able to get a picture of the presentation on the m130. It shows the m130 projected on an overhead wearing a bright red faceplate.
Prices for these models were not given. After being announced in March, Palm expects both these models to be available in time for the CeBIT show in April. CeBIT is the world's largest computer tradeshow and a popular time to release new models.
According to the information given at this roadshow, the wireless handheld Palm will release soon is not called the i705 as was previously reported, but instead named the i700.
Last summer, another anonymous source revealed that Palm was working on a wireless model with both voice and data capabilities that was slated to be released this spring. Reportedly, the Palm representatives at the roadshow said this model has been completely cancelled. It was to have been a GPS/GPRS device.
The Palm representatives at the roadshow also briefly talked about OS 5. They said Palm expects to have handhelds out running the new operating system this fall and described its new user interface as "Be-like". A few months ago Palm purchased the intellectual property of Be. Inc., creator of the Be OS.
Incidentally, the people from Palm made no attempt to keep this information a secret. Someone from the company spoke to this source after the session and asked when the pictures he took would be available on the Internet.
The credibility of this source seems quite high, though I've never gotten anything from them before. The pictures are just bad enough to be convincing. I've spoken to the source several times and they seem entirely sincere. -Ed
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