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More New Handhelds From Palm

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, October 1, 2003

More new handhelds from Palm. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. The world's biggest maker of handheld computers is out with new models for both consumers and business users. The new Tungsten T3 is similar in appearance to the T2... with a slide open case... but... without a Graffiti writing area...

"So before, when you opened up the Tungsten T, you got the hard Graffiti area. Now that hard Graffiti area is gone and the whole 320 by 480 area of the display is available to you. Fifty percent more screen real estate than you had with the original, with the other Palm branded hand helds, and at 320 by 480, twice the resolution of a Pocket PC."

Product manager Andrea Johnson. The price of the device is about 400 dollars. Palm is also rolling out the Tungsten E... for half the price... with half the memory and without Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Also new is the Zire 21... a 99 dollar consumer model... that is a step up from the original Zire launched by Palm a year ago...

"And that was the best selling hand held ever, And we're updating it to give these customers more memory. So this will have four times as much memory as the original Zire hand held, this will have eight megs. It has the new ARM processor and the latest version of the operating system."

While the Zire 21 still lacks an SD memory slot... the added memory will allow users to take advantage of many of the Palm based applications. Palm has been facing increasing competition from companies like Sony, Samsung and Kyocera... on the Palm OS hardware side... and from Hewlett Packard and Dell on the Pocket PC side. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.