Palm Says Three New Models Coming Next Month
In June, Palm's CEO Eric Benhamou said his company would be releasing three new models this fall. Today, Todd Bradley, who is CEO of Palm's Solutions Group, said it would be launching all three of these next month, according to ZDnet. While Bradley did give launch dates and some brief descriptions for these models, he didn't reveal too many details.
For readers of this site, the most important day is probably October 28, when the company will launch worldwide two new high-end models: a Palm OS 5 model and a smartphone.
Bradley confirmed that the OS 5 model has a "totally new design" and has Bluetooth wireless networking built in. This new design almost certainly the one from the Oslo prototype, an image of which was leaked this Summer. It features a sliding bottom part which alternately covers and exposes the Graffiti area, allowing the handheld to be very small when closed or let user enter text when open.
In an interesting side note, Bradley said designers who had previously worked for Sony had a hand in this model.
According to rumor, it will be named the Tungsten. It will use a Texas Instruments OMAP1510 processor, which combines into a single chip an ARM-compliant processor with a DSP for multimedia capabilities, and runs at 175 MHz. It will have 16 MB of RAM.
Palm OS 5 has multimedia support built into it and, according to anonymous sources, the Tungsten takes full advantage of it. It has a microphone, headphone jack, and a speaker.
This model already appears in the inventory system of a major electronics retailer, which says it will cost $500, though this isn't necessarily correct.
Update: An image of this model has been leaked which confirms some of the rumors.
Surprisingly little is known about the smartphone, which is rumored to be called the Veld. Bradley said will feature GPRS wireless networking, which will give it high-speed, always-on, telephone and data connectivity.
"This will be very data-centric and is focused on the mobile professional," Bradley told ZDnet UK. "It will be voice capable but it will not be pushed as a voice-centric product."
It does not appear that this model will run Palm OS 5. Nothing is yet known about pricing, appearance, or much else about this model.
Update: Details and images of this new smartphone are now available.
Of course, these won't be the only models introduced by Palm next month. First off the mark will be its entry-level model, which will be launched worldwide on October 7. Bradley gave no other details, but he is clearly referring to the Zire, of which the first image was leaked earlier today.
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