Palm is about to release its Palm m105 handheld computer in the UK.

The successor to the entry-level Palm m100, the m105 also includes Internet connection software, 8MB of memory (four times that of the m100), and a HotSync cradle.

The product is expected to cost £169. The connectivity software allows the unit to be used with a compatible mobile phone for Internet access. The device also features Web clipping technology, which lets the m105 access Web content in a format designed to download and display swiftly on a handheld unit. Over 550 clippings are available from Palm's Web site.

The product also supports the Short Messaging Service (SMS) protocol, so messages can be written on the Palm to be sent (or received) using a data-enabled mobile phone, such as Nokia's 7110e.

It includes all the features of the m100, including a date book, address book, to do list, memo pad and infrared port (for exchanging data with other users). 19 differently coloured face plates are available for the unit, till now Palm supplied just five such plates, with names such as Blue Boa and Burl Wood.