Palm Releases New Information on the Foleo

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  1. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

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    Palm, Inc. is currently demonstrating the Foleo to developers at the LinuxWorld conference, and as part of this process has officially revealed additional details on this upcoming model. Some of these facts were previously available, but not officially.

    Processor

    The first device on Palm's new Mobile Companion category of products will be built around a 416 MHz Intel/Marvell PXA27x processor.

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    Palm Foleo
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    In addition, it will sport a Marathon 2700G graphics accelerator to increase the speed of its graphical user interface, and to allow it to connect to an external monitor. This news should give heart to those who are hoping that a video player will eventually be released for this model.

    Storage

    The Foleo will have 128 MB of RAM for holding currently running applications, and 256 MB of non-volatile memory. Roughly half of its built-in storage will be used by the operating system and bundled applications, and the rest will be available to users.

    For additional long-term storage, this model will have a CompactFlash slot located behind its battery. The largest card it officialy supports at this point is 4 GB.

    It will also have an SD card slot. According to Palm, the Foleo can't use high-capacity SD cards, which limits it to 2 GB ones. However, several people have reported that demo units they tried were able to read their SDHC cards.

    Networking

    Infrastructure and ad-hoc Wi-Fi networking configurations will supported by the Foleo. Open, WEP, WPA, and 802.1X Enterprise security configurations will be available to users, while WPA2 will not.

    At launch, this model will not include software to allow users to transfer files via a Bluetooth connection, but this device's developer notes make it clear that it would be possible for a third-party to create the necessary software.

    These notes also re-iterate something that had been known earlier: the USB port on the Foleo mobile companion will support the standard mass storage profile. Any flash drive or standard hard drive that conforms to this profile will be automatically mounted upon connection. It will support both FAT16 or FAT32.

    Coming Soon

    The Foleo Mobile Companion will be released in the coming weeks, although Palm has not yet announced exactly when.

    This date can't be far in the future, because developers of the LinuxWorld conference who were willing to attend a seminar about writing applications for the Foleo -- and sign an Non-Disclosure Agreement -- were given a unit, already in its retail packaging.

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  2. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    more and more interesting; thanks for the update Ed
     
  3. MaggieScratch

    MaggieScratch Has got to the black veil

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    :D

    Now just have my fingers crossed that it will support the Treo 680...
     
  4. DJ Rome

    DJ Rome Tinkerer & Dealer

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    Now, see, this is the exact same type of ridiculousness that Palm exudes. Again, a limit on storage. With 16gb cards as cheap as they are now and with even high capacities coming out for cf, 4gb is such a clamp. Add to that they don't have official sdhc support, I am really tired of Palm continually pushing old and limiting technology.
     
  5. Hook

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    I am getting more and more excited about this unit. Guess I better start saving... :newpalm:
     
  6. DJ Rome

    DJ Rome Tinkerer & Dealer

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    That nodding head looks so innocently silly. :p

    If I were Palm, I'd word hard to fix up all of the software aspects that aren't directly hardware related. Limits or lacking in certain software respects is gonna cost them. I'd think that with all of the effort being used to create a new line of products could at least start off strong. Palm better hope the sync is superb.
     
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    I wonder - not endorse, mind you ;) - how long it's gonna take before one of the developers break their NDA and start showing pics and info on the Foleos they have received. :)
     
  8. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy TabletPCReview Editor Staff Member

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    Hear, hear!

    Can someone shed some light on the reason for this?
     
  9. Gazpacho

    Gazpacho Mobile Evangelist

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    Isn't it true that >4GB cards are not as standardised as for example cards of 128 MB / 512 MB etc. are? Like, there is an increased chance that something will be incompatible?
     
  10. DJ Rome

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    I don't see why it's such a big deal. WM devices all support any CF card. It can't possibly be due to a space constriction or a price issue. Therefore, I state that the only reason Palm does this is out of sheer stupidity and ignorance.
     
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