Tungsten T6: PalmOS 6, finally?

(via Gizmodo) PalmAddict claims that PalmOne is going to release a new model in late April. The T6 specs provided look more like a wishlist then an actual list of features that Palm would build into one of their devices:

  • OS 6 (with scalable fonts)
  • Bluetooth
  • Wavelan
  • 1 GB Flash
  • 3 Megapixel Cam
  • New connector (ethernet included)
  • VGA resolution 640 x 480
  • Graffiti 2 plus (with voice commands)
  • Interface to iTunes (Apple iPod)
  • The device is maximum 200 grams
  • Automatic software update over internet
  • Compatibility mode for pocket Windows is built in
  • Initial price is around $400
  • Launch date approx end of April

I’d love to see this, but I just can’t see it happening. In particular, I don’t see them putting out a new connector–the just changed it with the T5/Treo 650, and it’d be crazy to do it again. Also, who wants wired Ethernet to their PDA? Wireless, sure, but I’ve never heard anyone ask for a PDA with wired networking. I’m assuming that “wavelan” means some form of WiFi; hopefully Palm has finally seen the light on this front and will stop releasing high-end models that are put to shame by low-end PocketPCs.

The funny thing is that I was wondering yesterday when Palm was going to release their next handheld. They’ve traditionally done Spring/Fall releases, but they’ve been falling down lately. Since they’re clearly in danger of becoming irrelevant, the release of a model with even half of the features listed here could go a long ways towards regaining their mindshare. Now a Treo with half of these features would have me jumping up and down. Pity that VGA Treos with WiFi probably won’t show up until 2007 or so.

Posted by Scott Laird Wed, 16 Mar 2005 14:55:09 GMT


Comments

  1. Mahaboob-ur-RAshid about 1 year later:

    Dear Sir,

    Most respectfully and pray that,I have a Palm mobil Tungsten tm 1710,I wanto to intall my mibil palmOS 6 if you will help me it will be very helpfull to me.your kind co-operation will be highly appreciated.

    Thanking you

    Mahaboob Dhaka.

  2. sgllama about 1 year later:

    Wired ethernet to a handheld is useful, as it allows a cradle to be left connected to ethernet for a secure and reliable network sync. Putting the NIC into the PDA instead of into the cradle means lower costs (many CPU devices come with NIC included) and means the device identity (MAC) isn’t going to change just because you plugged into a different cradle. And there are many industrial applications, which used to use a serial cable to connect PDA (“handheld engineer’s terminal”) to industrial kit and can now use (faster, more reliable, generally easier for the engineer) ethernet instead; and no, you wouldn’t use WIFI in these situations.