Tapwave Zodiac Now Available for Pre-order
Tapwave is debuting the new Zodiac Palm OS handheld at the DEMO mobile conference today. The company's new product website is live and they are now taking pre-orders. The Zodiac is the first Palm OS handheld designed primarily for mobile entertainment.
Tapwave is now taking pre-orders, and expects to start shipping in October. There are two versions. The Zodiac 1 comes with 32MB of RAM will cost $299 and has a slate gray finish. A higher end model, the Zodiac 2, comes with 128 MB of RAM and a charcoal gray color and sells for $399.
The Zodiac is based on Palm OS 5.2 and features a 3.8 inch diagonal 480 x 320 pixel screen, analog joystick navigation with integrated triggers and buttons, 3D graphics acceleration, stereo sound and Bluetooth for multiplayer wireless gaming. It will have two SDIO expansion slots for memory expansion, games and accessories such as a digital camera. Internally it runs a 200mhz i.MX1 Motorola ARM9 Processor, and has a ATI® Imageon™ W4200 graphics accelerator (with 8MB dedicated SDRAM) and a Yamaha audio component.
It's dimensions are 5.6” (143mm) x 3.1” (79mm) x .55” (14mm) and weighs 6.3 ounces. The unit will be powered by dual lithium batteries (1540mAh), said to last for 16 hours. The unit comes with a Protective Flip Cover, syncing cable and wrist strap. A cradle is sold separately for $20.
Tapwave has created a comprehensive program to attract and support a broad range of developers and publishers from the professional video game industry and the Palm OS community. Tapwave is will launch with a number of premier video game titles from companies like Activision, Infogrames, Midway, and others.
It will launch with between 15-20 games optimized for it including, "Neverwinter Nights," "Tony Hawk", "Spyhunter" and "Doom II." Games will also be sold on SD cards for $29.95.
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