Palm Inc has announced the Zire handheld, which the manufacturer claims is the lightest ever Palm-branded PDA (personal digital assistant).

With an estimated price of between £79 and £99, the handheld weighs 109 grams and has the Palm's personal information management features.

Todd Bradley, president and chief executive officer of Palm Solutions, said: "The Palm Zire handheld symbolizes the beginning of a new generation of useful tools to simplify our lives. Zire handhelds can replace paper-based organization systems, and deliver substantial savings in time and cost."

The handheld comes with a removable flip lid to protect the 160-x-160 pixel monochrome display screen.

Palm Zire handhelds can store 6,000 addresses, five years of appointments (approximately 3,000 entries), and more.

Zire handheld users can expand the functionality by choosing from 13,000 applications, including business software, puzzles, games and personal-productivity software.