Treo Zen Reference Design: Treo 700
[TREO 700w UPDATE: Please follow the link below if you're looking for additional information about the forthcoming Verizon Treo 700w running Windows Mobile 5 due to be released in January or February 2006.]
About two months ago you may recall that I wrote a post entitled "After the Treo Ace will it be Treo Zen?" where I openly 'dreamed' about the future and the technology that the Treo family might benefit from. Well, I hope that you'll be glad to hear that I haven't stopped dreaming and the pictures below represent but the first batch of upcoming Treos that I envisage appearing on the market in the coming 12-18 months (whether palmOne or another company releases it first is another story...).
I would also like to mention that I will be keeping a section of the blog dedicated to all things related to 'Treo Zen' which I'll use as a codeword for all the emerging technologies that could have a direct or indirect impact on future Treo smart phones such as screen technology, battery, memory and storage, PalmOS refinements as well as wireless network developments among others. In this area, although I come across a lot of new material on a daily basis I greatly welcome your emails with any references to new technologies that you believe could impact future Treos.
Let's get started with Treo Zen 700 then...
Borrowing much from his cousin the Tungsten T3 and naturally the Treo 650, the Treo 700 comes with a sliding keyboard. Note that this Treo Zen loses his sibling's external antenna as it is now built-in to the unit. On the other hand it gains both WiFi and Bluetooth as standard and thanks to PalmOS Cobalt 6.1 you can now make a call, use the GPRS network, WiFi and BT all simultaneously...
The Treo 700 has full portrait and landscape mode support like the Tungsten T series but more importanly benefits from a VGA screen (640x480) and with the enhanced PalmOS browser you'll be able to view the Treonauts bloguide without any difficulties It's also pretty neat for watching movies or videos with MMPlayer (stored on multiple 1GB SD cards or streaming), television programs (recorded, live and/or streamed from your TiVo), looking at your growing picture collection (taken with the 3.2 megapixel built-in camera) and playing games while on the road... Naturally, as it benefits from a 866MHz chipset there's really no problem throwing all other kinds of multimedia applications at it as well... I know I'm biased towards the entertainment aspects of the Treo but you'll undoubtedly see the many benefits for business and productivity applications as well.
The real beauty of the slider on this Treo 700 is that while we benefit from a large screen when closed the form factor is still identical to the Treo 600 and 650.
Identical in all other respects to the Treo 700, the Treo 700C (C for Compact) above does not benefit from the slider but comes with a 480x480 screen resolution.
Also, the Tungsten T7 above shares the specifications of its cousins without the mobile phone capabilities and comes with a basic keyboard layout.
The Treo 700 and all its variations dreamed here are not yet available (not likely until end 2005 or early 2006) but in the meantime our Treo 650 continues to be the best smartphone choice.
You can see other future Treo designs such as the Treo 710, 800 and 810 in our Treo Zen Preview section.