Palm intros new handhelds

— 4:51 AM on April 23, 2003

Palm has updated its PDA line with a couple of interesting handhelds designed to meet the wants and needs of business users and consumers. The $299 Zire 71 features a built-in digital camera and support for audio and video playback, while the $499 Tungsten C comes loaded with 64MB of memory, a 400MHz processor, and integrated 802.11b support.

Both of Palm's new handhelds feature 16-bit color 320x320 screens, run version 5.2.1 of the Palm OS, and are powered by internal lithium ion batteries. The devices are pretty small, too; the Zire 71 weighs 5.3 ounces, and the Tungsten C weighs only an ounce more.

On paper, the Zire 71 and Tungsten C look impressive, but they may not be sweet enough to revitalize a PDA market that's been slumping for some time.

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