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 September 17, 2001
Handspring Introduces Visor Pro and Visor Neo

 Handspring, Inc. has introduced two additions to its Visor family of handheld computers, Visor Pro and Visor Neo. Visor Pro is a rechargeable, expandable handheld with 16MB of memory - twice the storage capacity of other Palm OS handhelds, and is available for U.S. $299. Fifty percent faster than Visor
Deluxe, Visor Neo is Handspring's new entry-level, high performance Visor in bright, colorful casings at a great value price of U.S. $199. Both of the new models feature the Springboard expansion slot, to take advantage of the many additional capabilities offered by Springboard modules. In a separate announcement today, Handspring disclosed that the company is adding the popular eyemodule2 digital camera to its Springboard module product line.

"We designed Visor Pro to deliver the capacity and performance power users and business professionals need. Visor Neo is a great introductory product for students, young professionals and first-time handheld owners, yet is fully expandable and runs as fast as our high-end products," said Joe Sipher, vice president of product marketing for Handspring. "With more than 60 Springboard modules now available, people can easily customize Visor Pro and Visor Neo for applications such as voice and data communications with Handspring's VisorPhone, wireless Ethernet connectivity with Xircom's SpringPort module, or digital imaging with Handspring's eyemodule2 digital camera."

Visor Pro and Visor Neo

With 16MB of memory and a Dragonball VZ processor, Visor Pro is a fast and powerful handheld computer with incredible storage capacity for business and personal applications, such as large multimedia files, databases, company documents, and digital images. Available in silver for a conservative yet stylish look, Visor Pro has a rechargeable lithium ion battery that charges right in the cradle. Certain Springboard modules may also be recharged by the cradle when inserted into Visor Pro's Springboard expansion slot. The Silent Alarm features a blinking LED, which is helpful for settings where an audible alarm might disturb others.

Visor Neo is Handspring's new entry-level, high performance Visor that is 50 percent faster than Visor Deluxe. It comes in a choice of three distinctive new colors: smoke, red and blue. It has the same Dragonball VZ processor as the high-end Visors and 8MB of memory and runs on two AAA alkaline batteries. Visor Neo is ideal for first time buyers and those looking to upgrade from a 2MB or older handheld computer. Both Visor Pro and Visor Neo are immediately available in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Colors, models, pricing and availability may vary in each country.

Handspring Visor Pro and Visor Neo use the fastest Palm OS processor, the Motorola Dragonball VZ, providing instant access to information. It is ideal for memory-intensive applications, such as searching large databases and playing games. Visor Pro and Visor Neo have backlit monochrome screens, supporting 4-bit grayscale (16 shades of gray) with sharp, crisp graphics. Both also offer the Fast Lookup feature, first introduced with Visor Edge, so that people can access contact information more quickly and with one hand using the application buttons instead of the stylus. Visor Pro and Visor Neo include all the basic features of the Visor line of products, such as enhanced applications, USB support, and Mac OS compatibility out of the box.

Visor Pro and Visor Neo feature the Springboard plug-and-play expansion slot. Unlike most other handheld expansion technologies, there are many Springboard solutions already available that bring a wide variety of capabilities to the Visor family. A few examples of the more than 60 Springboard modules include the Xircom SpringPort Wireless Ethernet module, the Audible Advisor that offers spoken content from newspapers, books and many other sources, the Magellan GPS Companion, Margi System's Presenter-to-Go that brings presentation capabilities to Visor handhelds, and the Innogear MiniJam MP3 player. Two Springboard modules enable Compact Flash and SmartMedia cards to be used in the Springboard slot, and similar modules for Secure Digital and Memory Stick will be introduced later this year. All Springboard modules are truly plug-and-play and immediately work without installing external drivers or software.