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WIRELESS DEVICE: Palm is ready to launch GSM and GPRS enabled Tungsten W soon
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 23.01.03 - 12:01:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 7104x
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During the first quarter of 2003, Palm will launch a wireless version of its Tungsten device as Tungsten W. According to Palms website, the device should be available for 549,00 USD

Feature Highlights

  1. High-Resolution Color Display - Color display with brightness control supports over 65,000 colors.
  2. 5-Way Navigation - The new 5-way control makes it easy to find information wherever you are. All with one hand.
  3. Headset Jack - Plug in the hand-free headset to use the Palmâ„¢ Tungstenâ„¢ W handheld as a phone.
  4. Palm Universal Connector - Quickly customize by snapping on the peripherals that work for you.
  5. Notification - Vibration, audio and LED notification methods are supported.
  6. Expansion Card Slot - Add applications, memory and functionality in a snap. SD/MultiMediaCard compatible.
  7. Rechargeable Battery - The rechargeable battery offers up to 10 hours of talk time and plenty of standby time on just one charge.
  8. Infrared (IR) Port - Beam contact information, meeting times and more wirelessly to other co-workers.
  9. HotSync Cradle - Recharge your battery in the cradle. Touch a button to safely synchronize information with your desktop computer.
  10. Class 10 GPRS Radio - provides capability for fast downloading of email, SMS, and web pages.
  11. Built-in Keyboard - Quickly enter data, type emails or collaborate via SMS.

Specifications

  • OS: Palm OS 4.1.1
  • Display: 16-bit 320 x 320 reflective TFT color display with brightness control supports over 65,000 colors.
  • CPU: Motorola Dragonball VZ processor, 33 MHz
  • Memory: Highly efficient operating system with 8MB Flash (U.S.) /16MB SDRAM. (14.8 MB actual storage capacity.) Stores thousands of addresses, years of appointments, hundreds of to-do items, notes, memos, email messages and more than 50 applications.
  • Wireless: Check with your preferred GSM/GPRS service provider for voice and data service plans, sold separately.

So far, no words about SIM Lock or availability outside the US. But it really looks like a fascinating devices (at least from the size and shape). Looks like it could become a real successor which is - why ever - still running Palm OS 4.1.1 only.
This is the biggest concern I have about that handheld. Not because it is running Palm and not Pocket PC but I don't think that Palm OS 4.1.1 is the best OS for a wireless/multimedia device.

Cheers ~ Arne

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