Palm today announced two new additions to its Tungsten range of professional handheld devices, the T3 and the E.
The Tungsten T3 becomes the company's high-end device, offering a high-resolution colour screen and wireless connectivity, while the Tungsten E is an affordable iteration in the series.
Both devices feature improved Personal Information Management features and a software package.
Palm Solutions Group senior vice president of sales and marketing, Ken Wirt – who once led Apple's marketing efforts for its Newton device – said: "Skilful integration of distinguished hardware and innovative software is key to a great customer experience, and we're convinced our new handhelds will please new and experienced Palm customers."
The T3 offers a high-resolution (320-x-480-pixel) colour screen offering both landscape and portrait views. This display is 50 per cent larger than on any prior Palm device, and a new "soft input" screen areas offers a virtual Graffiti 2 writing area. Expansion is in the form of a slot or Universal Connector.
This device offers built-in Bluetooth for wireless communications, as well as accompanying wireless communications software. It uses a 400MHz Intel XScale processor with 64MB of RAM, and costs £329 (including VAT). Both new Tungsten devices are also Outlook-compatible.
The T3 software bundle includes: DataViz Documents To Go Professional Edition, RealOne Mobile Player, Palm Photos, Kinoma Player and Voice Memo Recorder.
Encased in the silvery-metallic Tungsten chassis, the Tungsten E exploits a Texas Instruments ARM processor, totes 32MB memory and a high-res (320-x-320-pixel) colour display. It costs £149 (including VAT).
It ships with RealOne Mobile Player, Kinoma Player and Producer. The product's software bundle means uses can store MP3s or RealAudio files on an expansion card and listen to these using the built-in speaker, or through the stereo headphone jack. Mobile Player support means users can create and manage play lists and run music in the background when running Palm apps. A QuickTime application for Palm is also available for download.
The Personal Information Manager on both handhelds has been improved, with better organizing and customization features. The new agenda view lets users see their appointments, with new colour-coded calendar options for viewing day, week, month, and all-year commitments.
Scheduling has been improved – users can beam multiple appointments in a single command, schedule events that last past midnight, and view appointment location details. Users can input more contact information than before, including multiple addresses, numbers, email and IM addresses, URLs and birthdays. Tungstens can also carry larger memos and notes than before, Palm says.
The company has also licensed Java technology from IBM. Available for download, this has been optimized for the new handhelds, and Palm is optimistic that the move means Java developers can begin writing applications for professionals and consumers in the language. This "effectively increases our development community tenfold", the company said.
Both products are available now.