Palm Rolls Out Pair of Corporate Handhelds

The Tungsten T3 features a 320-by-480 color display that switches from landscape to portrait display; the Tungsten E sports a $199 price tag.

Palm Inc. on Wednesday announced two new handheld computers for the corporate market, one focused on display capability and the other on cost.

The Tungsten T3 features a 320-by-480 color transflective display that can switch from landscape to portrait mode with a tap of the screen.

It runs a 400MHz XScale processor from Intel Corp. and comes with 64MB of RAM. For local wireless connectivity, the T3 has built-in Bluetooth support, meaning it can connect to the Internet by communication with a Bluetooth-enabled phone. The device does not include Wi-Fi WLAN support, but it does have an SDIO expansion slot. Officials at the Milpitas, Calif., company said that several third-party companies are testing Wi-Fi expansion cards for the T3.

The T3 is priced at $399.

The Tungsten E has a 320-by-320 color display, 32MB of RAM and an OMAP 311 ARM processor from Texas Instruments Inc. It is priced at $199.

The basic management applications on both handhelds have been revamped and improved over previous models, officials said.

New features include color-coded calendar options, the ability to schedule events that last past midnight, more space for entering memo text and advanced built-in compatibility with Microsoft Corp.s Outlook application.

Both devices also include the ability to create Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files using Dataviz Documents to Go application, as well as several multimedia applications.


Palm also announced an upgrade to its consumer-grade Zire handheld. The Zire 21 includes 8MB of RAM, which is four times the memory of the original Zire. It sports a 4-bit grayscale display and a 126MHz OMAP processor from TI. The Zire 21 costs $99, and the price of the original Zire has been reduced to $79.

The price of the Tungsten T2 has been reduced as well, from $399 to $329.

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