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Exclusive Palm will release the Tungsten T2, the follow-up to the popular Tungsten T, later this month, possibly as early as Wednesday, 23 July.

According to official details seen by The Register, the T2 is the same form factor as the current model, so the version we reported on earlier today, is not, at least for now, the next generation of the PDA.

However, the new machine does match leaked details of the T2 which appeared on a Chinese web site in June.

The T2 features a 320x320 transflective colour screen to match those of Palm's more recent Zire 71 and Tungsten C devices. The machine's memory has been upped to a disappointing 32MB - well short of the 64MB bundled into the C and now commonplace on rival Pocket PC devices, but double the T's meagre 16MB.

Making the extra 16MB accessible is Palm OS 5.2.1, which powers the new PDA. The new version of the operating system also includes Graffiti 2, as per the Tungsten C and Zire 71 (see our reviews of the Tungsten C and the Zire 71).

The T2 is, like the T, powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 1510 processor. It's not yet clear whether Palm has upped the T2's clock speed from the T's 144MHz.

The T2's dimensions (7.5 x 10.2 x 1.5cm) and weight (159g; 5.6oz) are identical to those of the original model. The unit's case is exactly the same as that of the T.

Palm will be bundling the usual array of applications, including Documents To Go, Chapura's Microsoft Outlook conduit, RealOne Player, Kinoma Player and Producer (port movies to your Palm), AvantGo and VersaMail 2.5.

The T currently retails for around £299 including UK sales tax; $349 in the US. The T2 is set to ship in the UK for £329 including sales tax - and probably around $399 in the US, though we don't yet have official confirmation of this. ®

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