Palm preps successor to m505

Never have guessed that, would you?

Palm is upgrading its m505 PDA and will announce its succesor next March at CeBit, if the latest whisperings about the company's product plans are to be believed.

A source cited by Palm Infocenter claims the new model, the m525, will contain 16MB of memory. It will also sport a crisper LCD and a battery better capable of keeping it lit - the backlight will stay on for up to eight hours per charge, apparently.

The unidentified source also suggests the m525 won't supersede the m505, but will simply displace it at the top end of Palm's line up.

All of which, of course, any Palm watcher could reasonably guess at. Palm usually launches new machines in the February/March timeframe, often at CeBit. Any successor to the m505 will almost certainly have more memory, and as the m505 didn't kill off the Vx, so the next model is unlikely to mark the end of the m505.

The name is interesting. m525 is clearly a reference to the recently rumoured m125, but whether that's a Palm naming strategy or an educated guess made by Palm Infocenter's Deep Throat is impossible to say. The m125 didn't appear when sources said it would, and since the m525 is clearly a long way off, it's probably not worth worrying about it too much yet. ®

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