Rumor: Palm m130 and m515 Revealed
Monday, March 4 seems to be the day on which Palm Inc. will launch two of its new color handhelds. Those handhelds, as has been mentioned on numerous occasions, are the Palm m130 and m515.
The m130 comes with 8 MB of RAM, 4 MB of ROM, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to one week, Palm OS 4.1, an SD/MMC slot, Universal Palm connector, and it is fully customizable with the latest m100 series faceplates.
In fact, the m130 will be an exact colour copy of the m125 with minor case appearance changes, including a blue and silver faceplate and a new type of flip-lid, but with a rechargeable battery, the first of its kind in the m100 series.
The new, improved screen is worth another mentioning. The new STN LCD (Transflective) will still be 160 by 160; however, it will be a vast improvement over the m505 screen Palm introduced last year. One of the reasons is the smaller size, therefore the sharper look of the m130 LCD.
The backlight is On by default. It can be turned Off by holding down the On/Off button for 2 seconds. The brightness is not otherwise adjustable. For optimal display, the contrast can be adjusted by clicking the Contrast icon on the Graffiti area.
This handheld uses ROM memory which can't be altered; therefore, no operating system update is possible. This is not as bad as it seems to be, since the m130 wouldn't be able to run OS 5 anyway.
Unfortunately, the m130 does not offer the "Alarm LED" and "Alarm Vibrate" options available with the m505.
An anonymous source has revealed that the m515's screen will be different from the m130's, without contrast adjustment but with a sidelight that offers three levels of brightness: Off, Low, and Hi. The same source mentions a "Sun-like" icon on the Graffiti area; however, in a picture sent by Palm to its media department, there is no such icon. Even the Low setting is brighter than an m505.
The m515's casing is the exact copy of the m505's, but with a rough-textured finish, different from the m505's smooth finish.
Palm OS 4.1
The new Palm O.S. 4.1 will include some major changes in operating system/external memory services. It will support multiple FAT tables on SD/MMC cards and support I/O on SD.
It will even get a new colour version of the Notepad that will allow users to alter the background and the ink colours.
Adam Tzeit is the Editor-in-Chief of Palmi, a handheld-related site based in Israel. This article was written exclusively for the Palm Infocenter.
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