palmOne Introduces 256MB Tungsten T5

From the press release:

Nearly doubling the industry’s current handheld storage maximum, palmOne, Inc. today introduced the Tungsten T5 handheld with 256MB of flash memory. The Tungsten T5 gives efficiency-minded healthcare professionals the ability to carry more data and applications than ever before on a handheld, for an estimated U.S. street price of $399.

The Tungsten T5 handheld’s flash memory protects information even if the device loses its charge, and doubles as a portable flash memory drive. With palmOne’s highest-resolution 320×480 color screen, Bluetooth wireless technology, and an all-new sleek and slim design, the Tungsten T5 rises above conventional handheld limitations, giving users the folders and files they need whenever and wherever they need them.

“With the Tungsten T5’s flash memory, we can now offer healthcare professionals a handheld that preserves the patient and reference information, even if the device loses its charge,” said Mike Lorion, vice president of business and vertical sales and marketing for palmOne. “The Tungsten T5 offers a powerful Intel processor and gives clinicians more storage capacity to hold the wide range of healthcare applications available that support them in their delivery of service at the point-of-care. It also has a large, brilliant screen that makes it easy to view and modify documents on the device.”

palmOne Tungsten T5Flash memory, a form of electronic memory, is used for easy and safe information storage. Its low power consumption and light weight make flash memory ideal for mobile devices. In addition, flash memory holds information without a charge or power, just like a memory card saves pictures when not connected to a digital camera. The flash memory in the Tungsten T5 handheld will maintain its data, even when the power is exhausted. Simply charge the handheld again and the data is there.

Healthcare solution providers agree that the Tungsten T5 speaks to the needs of their market:

“ePocrates commends palmOne’s Tungsten T5. The flash memory will be welcomed by clinical users who simply can’t afford to lose vital ePocrates information when they are treating patients on the go,” said Bob Quinn, vice president of technology and chief technology officer at ePocrates. “Furthermore, expanded storage capacity provides ePocrates with new opportunities for innovation in future product releases.”

Monumental Storage That Saves Data Without Recharging

With 256MB of flash storage, the greatest amount of memory currently available on the handheld market, the Tungsten T5 handheld can store all of the following:

— thousands of appointments and contacts;

— hundreds of emails and documents;

— volumes of patient records and drug and disease reference manuals.

Quick and Easy Access to Folders and Files

Physicians can drag and drop files and folders between the Tungsten T5 handheld and their desktop computers using palmOne’s new File Transfer application, which is installed onto computers via Palm(TM) Desktop software. Simple and easy to use, a live desktop window gives physicians instant access to data and information stored in the handheld’s internal drive. Physicians who have Palm Desktop installed at work and home can simply drag an important file to their internal drive, take their Tungsten T5 handheld home, plug it into their home computer’s USB port and access the file.(2) While on the go and away from a desktop, physicians can view their Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents on palmOne’s highest-resolution color screen.

The Tungsten T5 also doubles as a flash drive, making data stored on the device easily accessible on the go. To access important information wherever it’s necessary, a physician needs to simply select Drive Mode on the handheld and plug the HotSync(R) cable into another computer’s USB port. The physician then can open, copy, move, rename, delete and manage files and folders while using the Tungsten T5 handheld as a removable drive.

Strong support from DataViz(R) Documents To Go(R) 7.0 gives healthcare professionals and health program administrators the ability to create and edit Word and Excel compatible files and view and carry PowerPoint files with no desktop conversion required. A new Favorites view makes it easy to sort and organize business and personal information, while a new Files application neatly displays folders and files.

Innovative Design

Documents, PowerPoint presentations, diagrams and even videos can be viewed in landscape or portrait mode on the Tungsten T5 handheld’s stunning 320×480 display. A robust Intel 416MHz XScale processor provides plenty of power, and the built-in Bluetooth wireless technology lets physicians sync with their laptop computer or connect to a Bluetooth compatible phone.(4) With its slim and sleek design, the Tungsten T5 fits easily into a lab coat pocket and features the Multi-connector, a new common connector for palmOne products.

New Accessories

Being introduced with the Tungsten T5 handheld is a host of new accessories, including the following (all prices are estimated U.S. street price):

— Tungsten T5 Hard Case — Based on the best-selling Tungsten E hard case, this case provides strong protection in a sleek, brushed aluminum design. $39.99

— Tungsten T5 Leather Case — This premium slim leather custom case features luxurious suede interior and storage for credit and/or business cards and expansion cards. $29.99

— Tungsten T5 USB Cradle Base — This new stylishly designed HotSync and charging cradle works with inbox cables and charger and includes an audio out for stereo or powered speakers. $29.99

— Tungsten T5 Cradle Kit — The complete cradle kit for home or office, this product includes a Tungsten T5 cradle, a desktop USB HotSync cable and AC charger. $49.99

— Combo Stylus with Pen Multipack — This combo pack includes three convenient-to-carry pen and stylus combinations. $14.99

Price and Availability

palmOne’s Tungsten T5 handheld has an estimated U.S. street price of $399 and will be widely available on Nov. 3 from the palmOne online store (http://store.palmOne.com) and select retail stores worldwide. The company also announced a $50 price reduction of the Tungsten T3 handheld — now $349 (estimated U.S. street price).

Additional information about the new Tungsten T5 handheld can be found online at www.palmOne.com/tungsten-t5.

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