Palm's m125 sports dual expansion, fast processor

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Palm, Inc. today introduced a new PDA called the m125. Designed for users looking to upgrade from their entry-level PDA, the m125 is part of Palm's m100 series, and it features a dual-expansion architecture that enables users to carry software and extra memory or attach add-on modules for added flexibility, such as keyboards, digital cameras and modems.

The m125 features the Dragonball VZ 33 MHz processor, which Palm noted is faster than the m100's. It operates on two AAA batteries and comes equipped with 8MB of RAM. The m125 shares the same contoured shape of the m100, and comes in a two-tone faceplace colored in Sonic Silver and Dark Black. The m125 also incorporates a soft, flexible flip cover. 19 other faceplates are available for purchase separately, as well.

Expansion comes in the form of a Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMediaCard expansion slot. Palm's Universal Connector is also included to enable the m125 to interface with hardware connectors.

The m125 is loaded with Palm OS version 4 and features an included software bundle valued at more than $100, according to Palm.

Palm is introducing five new PalmPak expansion cards in conjunction with the m125's release -- the Rand McNally Road Atlas PalmPak Travel Card, which incorporates maps and driving directions throughout the contiguous U.S.; the PalmPak Language Translator Card, which allows users to translate 40,000 words and 5,000 phrases in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish; and three new PalmPak eBook Series cards, including the Personal Finance Series, Mystery Book Series, and Science Fiction Series. The new cards will hit stores in November with a retail price of between $29.95 to $39.99.

Bundled software includes DataViz Documents To Go 3.0; PocketMirror 3.0.2; Palm Reader 1.0; Palm Mobile Connectivity Kit; MultiMail SE and HotSync Mail; MGI PhotoSuite Mobile Edition 2.21; AvantGo Mobile Internet Service; AOL Mail 2.1; and Vindigo.

The new m125 comes with a USB-based cradle and software for either the Mac or the PC. It carries an estimated street price of US$249, and is available now in the U.S. It should be available in international markets (excluding Japan) presently.

This story, "Palm's m125 sports dual expansion, fast processor" was originally published by PCWorld.

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