An introductory Palm handheld device targeting the “paper-planner” market will debut at $179 – the cheapest Palm with a colour screen.

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The Palm Z22 organiser is one of two new products announced today. Weighing just under 100 grams and about the same size as a deck of playing cards, the Palm Z22 organiser is based on the Zire handheld, which sold more than 1 million units in its first seven months on the market.

Paul Blinkhorn, vice president for Palm Asia Pacific said: “With its highly desirable design and sleek form-factor, the Palm Z22 is perfect for first-time users who can now throw away their paper planners, replacing scratched-out pages and dozens of sticky notes, and for the style conscious to keep their lives and information organised in a single device and yet be an avenue for expressing their individual style and taste.”

Also today, Palm announced a Wi-Fi Palm TX handheld priced at $499 (estimated street price). The TX has Bluetooth as well and a large, high-res 320×480 colour screen.

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Targeted at a more professional market including students, or for the home networking enthusiast, the TX has more document support that the Z22, with DataViz Documents To Go users can view, edit and create Word and Excel compatible files, and view and edit PowerPoint files.

“The Palm TX handheld speaks directly to what our customers want – fast, integrated wireless access, a large colour screen and 128MB of memory – all in a sleek and professional form factor,” said Blinkhorm. “This is the wireless device customers have been waiting for. There is no other handheld on the market today with the same capabilities at the same affordable price.”

The 128MB (approximately 100MB user available) of non-volatile flash memory protects users’ documents and information, even if the device is not charged and the power runs down.

Powered by a 312MHz processor, the device has enough power for digital music and video applications. In fact the device comes bundled with Pocket Tunes for playing music files or Podcasts.


There is an expansion card slot for MultiMediaCard, SD and SDIO formats and isacapable of SD Cards up to 2GB.



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