Rumor: Photos of the i705 Leak Out
Palm is rumored to be announcing the i705, its new wireless handheld, on Monday. With the product release so near, its almost inevitable that pictures and information on the new device start to appear.
The i705 will have a large ad in the upcoming February 3 sales flyer for Staples. It lists the i705 for sale at $450. The color picture clearly shows a monochrome screen. The ad also says it will have 8 MB of RAM and a built-in SD expansion card slot.
As the i705 is mainly intended to allow the user to send and receive email while on the go, a keyboard will be a necessity for many who aren't fond of using Graffiti for entering large amounts of text.
The Staples' ad also has a picture of the mini clip-on keyboard that Palm is putting out with the i705. The price is given at $60. Incidentally, Staples will be offering the keyboard free with the purchase of a i705.
The i705 first appeared in Staples' inventory system in early December.
In another example of how difficult it is to keep a new product secret, a reader has sent in pictures taken of a bike courier carrying the i705. PalmJunkie2000 has pictures on his site that show both the packaging and the handheld itself. Apparently the box wasn't sealed and the two of them took the i705 out and looked at it.
Update: PalmJunkie2000's site has been overwhelmed by all the people downloading the pictures and is no longer available. A mirror site with all of them is available.
Update 2: According to Mike Cane, a regular at PIC, the CompUSA on 5th Ave and 37th St in New York City has the Palm i705 in stock and on sale now. They have 20 units in for $450. According to him, it looks just like the leaked pictures.
According to other rumors, the i705 will have always on email and instant messaging. This means it has the ability to check for e-mail even when the handheld itself is off. However, it lacks any voice capabilities. It uses Palm's Universal Connector, which means it can use most peripherals designed for the m500 series and the m125.
Palm is already allowing people who have shown an interest in the i705 sign up to be the first to get it from the Palm Store.
Before you start examining the Staples' images too closely, I'll say the small versions have been edited by me to make them look better for this article. The large one is just as I got it. Also, the source for the Staples flyer is a Staples employee who is a regular source of info on that comapny. - Ed
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