Tungsten E what´s its goal?
Do you know, what drives the market? Yes, rumors. Now the object is Tungsten
E, a new PDA designed to extend the reach of the pro-oriented Tungsten line
down into the low-end of the market. As it was pointed out at the time at The
Register, the $199 device´s box was sized to match that of previous Zire
releases rather than Tungsten products. However, its part number, P80880US,
suggested the model was a member of the Tungsten family, all of whom sport a
model number of the form P808xxUS, rather than the Zire´s P807xxUS model code.
In their investigation journalists using CompUSA´s product database. So, let´s
see.Palm recently slashed the price of the Tungsten T to just $199, the same
price as the E. With the Tungsten T2 a relatively minor update to the T
retailing for around $399, Palm clearly wants rid of its T stocks before the
new model comes in. The CompUSA database also confirms that the top-end Tungsten
release is the T3, now priced at $399, suggesting that the T2´s price will come
on or before it ships, possibly to $299.
as Palm has extended the consumer Zire family to the high-end with the Zire
71, so it appears to be widening the business-oriented Tungsten line to take
in the low end. Palm sells devices in bulk to corporates, so the E may be primarily
intended to drive those sales by providing a more simple device that lacks the
other family members´ variety of wireless connections.
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