Although its official launch at PalmSource 2002 is not until 5 February, Palm's i705 wireless device has already gone on sale.
The i705 runs the latest PalmOS 4.1 operating system, and appeared on the shelves of a major computer store in New York last Thursday.
The company has marketed the new device via a series of teaser emails over the past few weeks to handheld owners and other interested parties.
The most recent of these was sent last Thursday with the subject line: "Mom's the word, the new Palm handheld is wireless." The email also gives the recipient the opportunity to pre-order a unit without charging a credit card.
The monochrome display i705 costs $449 (£319) and will sport a Secure Digital expansion slot and 8Mb of memory. It is the most expensive Palm on the market to date. The handheld maker's current high-end model, the m505, costs $399 (£283) through its website.
The wireless palm also features a USB HotSync cradle and battery recharger, and Palm's universal connector which connect devices, including a keyboard or a camera, to the bottom of the handheld.
It is 27g more in weight than the m505, weighing in at 165g. Unlike a previous wireless Palm incarnation, the antenna is built into the top of the device instead of being the usual flip-up design.
The i705 will use the company's Palm.net wireless service, which costs between $9.99 (£7) and $44.99 (£32) per month, depending on the plan, according to Palm's website. The service is not yet available in Europe.
The handheld is likely to rival BlackBerry devices in the US, which are a similar price and offer always-on wireless email.
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