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PalmOne unveils the Zire handhelds

PalmOne, the handheld computer and smartphones vendor, today launched two colour Zire handhelds, the Zire 72 and the Zire 31, powered by the Intel ARM processor and Palm OS 5.4 for the Middle East market.

PalmOne, handheld computers and smartphones vendor, today launched two colour Zire handhelds, the Zire 72 and the Zire 31, powered by the Intel ARM processor and Palm OS 5.4 for the Middle East market.

Building on the existing Zire product line, the new Zire 72 handheld with a built-in digital camera, audio/video capture and playback ability. While, both the Zire models do not support WiFi (Wireless internet), Palm has included the Bluetooth wireless technology, so users can share files, send messages, get wireless email and internet access. For the video capability and playing music, additional expansion cards need to be purchased. The Zire 72 is currently available in the region for a retail price of approximately 1200 AED (UAE Dirhams).

On the low end, adding colour and expansion to the Zire series is the new Zire 31 handheld, which is targeted for students and home users with basic requirements. It has a recommended retail price of approximately 600 AED.

“The Zire 72 handheld works as hard as it plays. Now you can shoot photos, capture and watch video clips or create and edit Word- and Excel-compatible files,” said Stuart Maughan, PalmOne, Middle East manager. He added that the vendor is working on developing more Arabised applications for the Palm later this year.

Technical specifications of the Zire 72 handheld include: built-in 1.2-megapixel camera to capture photos and video clips; high-resolution, 320 x 320 colour screen; synchronisation with Outlook (Windows only); built-in Bluetooth technology; 32MB of memory (24.7 MB user-available) and expansion slots.

The lower-priced Zire 31 Handheld boasts of a bright colour screen, MP3 player, photo viewer, new PIM (Personal Information Management) software, expansion slot with 16 M/bytes of memory (14MB user-available). Designed for students, parents and home users, it can store thousands of phone numbers, addresses, lunch dates, meetings, birthdays, doctors’ appointments and shopping lists.

Zire 31 handheld owners can select from more than 20,000 available applications available from Palm and other software vendors. Users can also use the expansion slot for adding more memory, applications or MP3 tunes.

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