PalmOne plans to announce later this month its first hard-drive-based product line, LifeDrive Mobile Manager on May 18. The $ 499 device will come with a 4GB Hitachi Microdrive and two flavors of wireless networking–Bluetooth and 802.11b Wi-Fi. Combined with organizer features, the music-playing handheld could compete with Apple Computer’s $ 199 4GB iPod Mini. LifeDrive handhelds will be powered by a 416MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor and come with a 320-by-480-pixel color screen. It will feature Garnet that includes support for wireless connections such as Bluetooth. Files can be transferred from a PC to a LifeDrive via a USB connection. The device will be able to play music but will not come with RealNetworks’ music software, but instead will use Pocket Tunes and sync with Real’s Rhapsody music service, according to sources. It will also come with software called Camera Companion for transferring photos to and from the device.

PalmOne plans to announce later this month its first hard-drive-based product line, LifeDrive Mobile Manager on May 18. The $ 499 device will come with a 4GB Hitachi Microdrive and two flavors of wireless networking–Bluetooth and 802.11b Wi-Fi. Combined with organizer features, the music-playing handheld could compete with Apple Computer’s $ 199 4GB iPod Mini. LifeDrive handhelds will be powered by a 416MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor and come with a 320-by-480-pixel color screen. It will feature Garnet that includes support for wireless connections such as Bluetooth. Files can be transferred from a PC to a LifeDrive via a USB connection. The device will be able to play music but will not come with RealNetworks’ music software, but instead will use Pocket Tunes and sync with Real’s Rhapsody music service, according to sources. It will also come with software called Camera Companion for transferring photos to and from the device.