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Rumor: Rumored Tungsten XX with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Rumors and pictures have surfaced of a new Tungsten XX that is similar to the Tungsten T5, but FINALLY has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in a fairly small form-factor!

This has got to be the most exciting Palm-related rumor we've heard in a long time! Don't get us wrong, the Treo 650, Tungsten T5, and LifeDrive are all great products and each of them has introduced refereshing, new innovation. However, since the days of Sony's TH55, we have been disappointed that palmOne has not valued Wi-Fi enough to create a small(ish) form factor with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and a large screen.

Back in April 2005, there was briefly a rumor that the new palmOne LifeDrive would be called the Tungsten X. This rumor, however, only lasted a couple of weeks before the LifeDrive name was officially confirmed. It is now apparent that someone had criss-crossed a couple of pieces of leaked information. See our article, Recent Rumors of Zire 73, Tungsten E2, and new LifeDrive (3/28/05) for more details.

There are not many details in the new rumors about the Tungsten XX. In fact, whether it will be called the Tungsten X or Tungsten XX is not confirmed, but the leaked pictures clearly show the XX label in the upper right corner.

Here are the rumored specs so far:

  • Palm OS 5.4.9
  • 312 MHz processor
  • 320 x 480 pixel display
  • Bluetooth 1.2
  • Built-in 802.11b
  • SDIO expansion card slot

The form-factor is clearly reminiscent of the Tungsten T5. From the pictures, it looks to be very similar in size, shape, and button layout. The fourth button, though, looks like it launches the web browser rather than the Files application.

It is unknown as to whether the Tungsten XX will have a large, internal flash drive the Tungsten T5, though. However, palmOne's trend is obviously toward using non-volatile flash memory as opposed to conventional volatile RAM as evidenced in the Treo 650 and Tungsten E2. So its likely that the Tungsten XX would use this same memory model, but we'll have to wait to see what capacity it will have.

Thanks to Engadget for the pictures and information about this exciting new rumored palmOne PDA.

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Update (10/12): This model is now known to be the Tungsten TX which is now released.

Posted by tim_palmzone on Sat, Jun 25, 2005

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Re: Rumored Tungsten XX with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (Score: 0)
by Guest on Sun, Jun 26, 2005
It looks like someone took photos of a T5 with a wifi card and did minor touchups.

For example, the "Edit Wifi Networks" photo looks suspicious because it hides the part of the device that would expose the wifi card sticking out.

PalmOne, if you are listening, please give us an T|E2-sized device that has 2 SD-IO slots and vibrating alarm. That way, it doesn't have to have wifi builtin since the 2nd slot allows us to add that without having to remove our storage card.

Re: Rumored Tungsten XX with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (Score: 1)
by tim_palmzone (tim at palmzone dot net) on Sun, Jun 26, 2005
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Yeah, interesting catch... I'm not sure why all the other photos are taken straight on and the wi-fi configuration one is not.

However, I just noticed something else interesting... Is that a wi-fi signal strength indicator on the status bar next to the Bluetooth indicator? It sure looks like it is and that's a great idea to have that onscreen at all times. Very cool.


Re: Rumored Tungsten XX with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (Score: 1)
by Ou_Boet on Mon, Jun 27, 2005
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Now we're getting somewhere. If this thing has vibrating alarms and lots of "RAM" with either T5 like internal mem or LD internal HDD, I think that my aging HE may finally find the rest it so richly deserves.

Asking for twin SD slots is too much I know, I've given up on that as well as a standard USB port


Re: Rumored Tungsten XX with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (Score: 0)
by Guest on Wed, Aug 03, 2005
My T2 has recently become unusable due to persistant resets. When is this T5 with Wi-fi supposedly due on the market? If it's within the month I'll wait.

Re: Rumored Tungsten XX with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (Score: 1)
by tim_palmzone (tim at palmzone dot net) on Wed, Aug 03, 2005
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There hasn't been any information leaked on a possible release date yet. I am also waiting patiently for this new dual-wireless PDA! Based on Palm's past release schedules, they will probably release this sometime in the Fall. If at all possible, they will want to be able to capture the Holiday (Chrismas) season. We'll keep you posted as any new information comes out.


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