Rumor: Palm Working on Three New Fall Releases
A BestBuy employee has found three new entries from Palm listed in the company's inventory system with a possible October 1st release date. The models may be a next generation Tungsten and a mid range or entry level Zire handheld.
The information available is limited on specific details, but the source claims to have pricing, Palm part numbers and the size of the retail box. The source in a post on ClieSource cautions that the pricing information often changes once the actual units are released.
The first model (P80870US) is listed with a price of $429 and comes in a cube 6x6x6" box. The box shares the same dimensions as the Tungsten C and T2 models. This may likely be the previously rumored Tungsten T3, which was recently leaked by a Chinese website. The pictures showed a possible Palm Tungsten model with a slider design and a 320x480 pixel high res+ screen, 64MB oF RAM, Bluetooth and a new button layout.
The second models in the system are shown as (P80880US) with a price of $199. It will come in a 9x3.3x7" box. It could likely be a candidates for a mid-range Zire handheld or a replacement for the aging m515. Many retailers still carry the m515 for $249, which has been on the market since the March 2002.
The third model is labeled (P80730US) with a price of $99. If accurate the price would indicate an possible replacement or update to the original Zire handheld. The Zire was introduced in October of 2002 at $99. The device has been one of the fastest selling handhelds in Palm's history.
While there are few hard details known, the Oct 1st release date would coincide with Palm's typical Spring/Fall release schedule. The Zire and Tungsten T were both introduced last October.
Thanks to Guarav for the tip.
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