|Manufacturer||Palm Inc (then a subsidiary of U.S. Robotics)|
|Release date||March 10, 1997|
|Operating system||Palm OS 2.0|
|CPU||Motorola 68328 processor at 16 MHz|
|Memory||512 KB (Personal) or 1024 KB (Professional) built in|
|Display||160x160 pixel monochrome touchscreen LCD|
|Input||Graffiti input zone|
|Connectivity||Palm Desktop software through RS-232|
|Power||2x AAA Batteries|
|Dimensions||4.7 x 3.1 x .7 inches|
|Mass||5.6 oz (160 g)|
The PalmPilot Personal and PalmPilot Professional are the second generation of Palm PDA devices produced by Palm Inc (then a subsidiary of U.S. Robotics, later 3Com). These devices were launched on March 10, 1997.
Accessories and pricing
Palm also sold the 10201U modem at 14.4 kbit/s, introduced at a price of $129 (this modem is also compatible with the Palm III and Palm IIIx devices). An upgrade kit was also available, which allowed users of the earlier Pilot 1000/5000 devices to upgrade the OS, ROM, and RAM to match the PalmPilot Professional. Initially suggested retail prices upon launch were $399 for the PalmPilot Professional (1MB), $299 for the PalmPilot Personal (512KB), and $199 for the Upgrade Kit. Upgrade kits were also available to existing registered Pilot users for $99 for a limited time after the launch. These kits included IR capability, a new plastic memory door to accommodate the IR diodes, a memory card with 1 MB, the new ROM for Palm OS 2.0, and a CD-ROM with updated desktop software.
The PalmPilot became a large success and helped Palm further establish itself as the leader in the growing PDA/handheld PC market. PalmPilot had reportedly sold over 1 million units by 1998.
It was succeeded by Palm III in 1998.
- ^ "Palmpilot's Reward For Success: Competition From Microsoft -- Fight For Hand-Held Computer Market Is About To Erupt | The Seattle Times". archive.seattletimes.com. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
- ^ Inc, Ziff Davis (September 22, 1998). PC Mag. Ziff Davis, Inc.
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- U.S. Robotics Announces Two New Models of the Best Selling Pilot Connected Organizer - Press Release, March 10, 1997.