PalmSource will be releasing their new Palm LifeDrive device very shortly, perhaps this coming week. Handheld Learning managed to get a hold of the official specifications and datasheet some how, we will not ask from where, but they got it. Amazon also leaked the information out to users a bit early. Either someone is very stupid, or PalmSource is trying to get some free hype.
The specs of the LifeDrive are quite impressive, even when lacking cellular phone capabilities. If PalmSkype or a similar VoIP utility is released in time for the device launch, then users could make calls over WiFi and PalmSource would definitely sell more units.
From what we gathered on the datasheet, PalmSource has taken a positive turn in their devices design. What used to be a handheld mainly designed for corporate and small business users (restricted to office applications, contacts and email), has evolved into a full multimedia and file management companion. A great step forward considering the latest announcement of the Samsung SGH-i300 Smartphone with 3GB hard drive and Windows Mobile 5.0, they couldn’t have timed it better.
The 4GB of internal memory leaves you with plenty of storage for movies, photos, MP3 files, emails, office documents and the list goes on and on. Support for POP, IMAP and built-in Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync will let you grab email when you are on a Wi-Fi hotspot. A new browser even lets you download important web pages and view them later offline. They have also integrated a voice recorder, MP3 player, and photo viewer with Palm OS Garnet (v5.4).
LifeDrive smart file management is an important utility created specifically for this device. With the LifeDrive mobile manager, you can easily drag and drop files to and from your computer over USB 2.0. Folder structures remain intact so you can easily locate information when you need it. You can also select specific files you want to keep in sync, and they will be automatically updated whenever you sync with your computer.
Measuring only 4.76 x 2.87 x .74 inches and weighing 6.8 ounces, the LifeDrive is now powered by the Intel 416MHz XScale processor. It sports a 65K colour 320×480 Transflective TFT display. PalmSource will officially announce the LifeDrive very soon, the price is expected to be over $500USD.