Announced in early 2001, the Palm m500 and m505 replaced Palm V and Vx, respectively. They came loaded with Palm OS 4, 8MB of RAM, a 33MHz processor and an SD/MMC expansion slot.
Because Palm announced the m500 and m505 before the devices were available, demand for older units slowed and made worse an existing inventory problem.
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