Colour Palm V spec. leaks

m505 to be accompanied by slimmer, monochrome m500

It's looking increasingly likely that last week's picture of the upcoming colour Palm V - officially known as the m505 - is genuine, as we predicted (see Colour Palm V debuts on Web).

Further leaks claim the new PDA will be accompanied by a monochrome version, the m500 - the m505 has a 16-bit colour screen. Both will contain 8MB of RAM and 4MB ROM, and will be driven by a 33MHz Dragonball VZ CPU. The m500 and m505 will both sport a Secure Digital Memory Card expansion slot.

These parts of the two machines' specifications aren't too surprising, given pronouncements made by Palm in the past. However, we note that sources have also claimed the devices will contain new, lithium polymer rechargeable batteries, that have allowed Palm to reduce the weight of both machines by up to 18 per cent. The mono m500 weighs in at 3.25oz, apparently; the current Palm Vx weighs 4oz.

The m505 will be heavier, thanks to the colour display and related components, but will only be 1mm thicker than the current model.

As we noted before, the new machines are due to be unveiled officially in March at the CeBIT show in Hanover. ®

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