palmOne was being quite mysterious when it sent out the invites for the new product launch. All I was told was that it had something to do with memory. The memory theme was expanded on when I arrived at the Langham Hilton in London, and sat down next to Dominic O’Brien – eight times World Memory Champion.
The reason for all this memory paraphernalia, was the launch of the new Tungsten T5 – a device with a massive 256MB of internal memory. With this in mind, Mr O’Brien proved his credentials by memorising a 256 digit random number in a matter of minutes, and then reading it back to us – quite possibly the most impressive presentation I’ve ever seen at a press briefing.
But back to the Tungsten T5 though. Before you get too excited about the 256MB of memory, you have to remember that some of that is reserved for the OS and core apps, leaving 215MB. However, only 55MB is available for loading applications into, leaving 160MB for file storage. I find this rather strange, since if you need file storage, you can use an SD card – I’d rather have more of the internal memory allocated to application storage, if not all of it.
The T5 employs the same 480 x 320 transflective screen seen in the Tungsten T3 – it will display both portrait and landscape images. Beating at the heart of the T5 is an Intel XScale processor, clocked at 416MHz. There’s a memory slot that will accept SD/MMC cards and SDIO devices.
You’ll be able to communicate with your mobile phone via the integrated Bluetooth adapter, but there’s no integrated WiFi. palmOne does offer an SDIO WiFi adapter though.
There is of course a 3.5mm headphone jack so that you can listen all those MP3s you’ve got saved in the 160MB of internal storage space.
The Tungsten T5 will be available in early November at a suggested retail price of £329. We should be getting our hands on a review sample very soon, so be sure to check back for the full low-down on the T5.