updated 01:10 am EDT, Wed April 23, 2003
Palm today introduced the Zire 71 handheld with a built-in digital camera and its sharpest high-resolution color screen. The Zire 71 handheld features an all-new sliding design that hides a concealed digital camera for spontaneous photo capture. Palm today also introduced its Palm Tungsten C handheld with built-in high-speed wireless connectivity. Both handhelds feature the new Palm OS 5.2.1 OS as well as other Palm's dual-expansion technology, which includes the Palm Expansion Slot for SD Cards, SDIO and MultiMediaCard media, and the Palm Universal Connector for hardware add-ons.
The features a 320x320 color display also acts as a viewfinder for the digital camera. The new Zire handheld also features a faster, ARM processor, a built-in speaker, a stereo headphone jack, audio/video playback, 16MB of memory custom OS themes, and 5-way navigation with a joystick-like button. It is available now for $300.
New accesories include the MP3 Audio Kit for listening to music and audio books. It includes a 64MB expansion card, an SD Card/MultiMediaCard reader/writer and stereo headphones) and scheduled to be available in May for $100. Power To Go is a new a battery-recharging sled expected to be available in May for $100. Finally, the Zire Slim Leather Case is stylishly crafted of high-quality, full-grain leather case, with space for credit and business cards. It is available now for $25.
Tungsten C offers built-in wireless connectivity
The Palm Tungsten C handheld offers integrated 802.11b connectivity, 64MB of memory, a 400MHz of ARM processor, a 320x320 TFT display, and integrated, full-featured business applications, such as VersaMail 2.5 for email, and DataViz Documents To Go for managing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint compatible documents.
The new handheld also delivers additional software and standard Tungsten-line features, such as color themes; on-screen writing; and Graffiti 2, Palm's new and more intuitive handwriting-recognition software. It is bundled with 10 productivity, communication and entertainment applications, including wireless printing software and a built-in PPTP-based VPN application. Additional new security features include application-level encryption and new power-on password capabilities. New 128-bit encryption technology enables users to choose which applications to encrypt, and scheduled- and/or regularly-timed lockouts protect data.
The sleek silver device, which weighs about 6 oz. also features 5-way, one-handed navigation; an integrated QWERTY thumb keyboard; and a 15mm speaker for application audio playback. The Palm Tungsten C handheld is expected to ship on May 5 for $500.