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Follow-on to World's Most Popular Handheld Surpasses Its Predecessor

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April 12, 2005

Follow-on to World's Most Popular Handheld Surpasses Its Predecessor

Follow-on to World's Most Popular Handheld Surpasses Its Predecessor

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April 13, 2005 Building on the popularity of the Tungsten E handheld, which has sold nearly 2 million units worldwide, palmOne, today announced the Tungsten E2 handheld. With the additions of a brighter colour screen, flash memory, Bluetooth wireless technology and a more powerful battery, the Tungsten E2 provides upscale, premium features at an estimated U.S. street price of US$249.

The Tungsten E has proven enormously popular with budget-conscious professionals and consumers alike, helping it achieve a remarkable 17 months of sales-leading statistics, according to The NPD Group. Introduced in October 2003, the Tungsten E represented a new way of thinking about an enterprise-class handheld.

Tungsten E2 Handheld Expanded Features/Benefits

brighter, richer color display

The Tungsten E2 handheld has a new, brighter 320x320 color display, making it easy for professionals and consumers to see their schedules, contacts, and work documents -- indoors and out. Better color saturation brings photos and video clips to life in rich, dazzling colour.

32MB of non-volatile flash memory

32MB of non-volatile flash memory with 26MB actual storage capacity gives Tungsten E2 handheld users more than enough room to hold their calendars, contacts, applications, photos, spreadsheets and presentations. The Tungsten E2 battery provides longer battery life than the original Tungsten E. And because it's flash memory, the information on the handheld is protected -- even if the battery happens to run out.

Bluetooth-enabled

With the Tungsten E2's built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, users can synchronize the device with their desktops wirelessly. They can even use their Tungsten E2 handheld with a compatible Bluetooth phone to send and receive email, or to check news headlines on the web.

MP3 player plus digital photo and video

The Tungsten E2 becomes a portable MP3 player. Users simply plug in an expansion card loaded with their favorite MP3s and use the built-in speaker or stereo headphones.(5) Photos or video clips of friends and family can be carried across town or around the globe by inserting an SD Card from a digital camera to show off photos on the Tungsten E2's stunning color display.

Productivity on the road The Tungsten E2 comes with DataViz's Documents To Go software, which lets mobile professionals carry important Word, Excel and PowerPoint files so they can be more productive wherever they are. And with a simple conversion step, Acrobat PDF files can be viewed. Powerful performance and expansion options The Tungsten E2 handheld comes with a powerful 200MHz Intel XScale processor and 32MB of RAM (26MB user available), providing the room and speed for complex documents or applications. Users can connect their device to palmOne's Wireless Keyboard to make working on business documents easier. The built-in expansion card slot accepts MultiMediaCard, SD and SDIO formats, for eBooks, games, language translator and more.

palmOne's Tungsten E2 handheld has an estimated U.S. street price of $249 and will be available on April 13 from select retail stores worldwide.

The company also reduced the price of the Zire 31 handheld by US$20 giving it an estimated U.S. street price of US$129.

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