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Palm Zire 31 and Zire 72: the first details

As you might know, PalmOne was going to introduce a number of new PDAs and a smartphone today. While there´s no official press release, Zire 31 and Zire 72 specifications are already online.


Let´s start with Zire 31. As expected, the new entry-level model obtained a color STN LCD display, while the resolution remained 160x160. Comparing to the first Zire model, novelty´s processor clock rate grew to 200MHz from 16MHz (approximately doubled comparing to the last year´s Zire 21). Besides, the PDA now works under a newer Palm OS 5.2.8. The device features 3.5mm audio output, speaker, SD/SDIO/MultiMediaCard slot, 16MB memory. Sized 112x74x16mm, it weighs 116g.

Zire 31 is bundled with traditional Calendar, Contacts, Memos, Notes, Tasks, World Clock, Calculator, Expense, Security, Photos as well as powerOne Calculator, Handmark Mobile DB and Handmark Splash Money and RealOne Player for Palm with MP3 support, Palm eBook Reader, Handmark Solitaire.


Higher-end Zire 72 is some larger (116x75x17mm) and heavier (136g), but it features a 1280x960 (1.2-megapixel) digital camera that also supports 320x240 movie recording. The camera has automatic white balance and is imbued with Sepia, Black and White/Blue filters. Zire 72 also has a 65536-color 320x320 TFT LCD, a Bluetooth adapter and bases on a 312MHz Intel ARM processor and Palm OS 5.2.8. A 3.5mm audio output, speaker, SD/SDIO/MultiMediaCard slot, 32MB memory (24MB free) are also in situ.

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