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Treo 800w Coming To Sprint In July?

Treo 800wPalm CEO, Ed Colligan, recently reiterated his company’s focus on “the delivery of a compelling new [smartphone] product line in the future”.  Chief among these is the forthcoming release of one or more new high-end enterprise-class Windows Mobile Treo smartphones “before the end of this summer”.

Now according to a leaked roadmap from Sprint (image below) it appears that this rumoured Windows Mobile Treo 800w may actually become available as early as July – once again it appears that Sprint will be taking the lead with the launch of a new CDMA Treo smartphone while Verizon follows in the distance.

The Treo 800w is expected to become the first, high-end, antenna-less Palm smartphone running on the Sprint and/or Verizon CDMA network and will replace the now rather aged Treo 700w|wx.

Sprint Treo 800w

More importantly, based on this leaked roadmap as well as multiple previous rumours, the Treo 800w will be the first Palm Treo smartphone to feature built-in 802.11g WiFi and GPS as well as:

  • miniUSB sync & charge connector
  • Thin form-factor (close to Centro)
  • Windows Mobile 6.0 with upgrade to 6.1 when available
  • Compatible with Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008
  • 2 megapixel camera (non-camera version also available)
  • Dedicated WiFi On/Off Button
  • High-speed Wireless connectivity with EV-DO Rev. A
  • Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR
  • 8GB+ microSDHC memory card expansion
  • 256MB internal memory

Treo 800w SpecificationsAlthough the Treo 800w specifications are certainly juicy there is unfortunately still not a single good “real” leaked image of this smartphone and I therefore still have no idea if the mockups seen here will bear any resemblance to the final product or not.

Also, it is quite possible that the “delay” of the Treo 800w launch may in part have been due to the relatively negative reaction to the looks of these early mockups and pushed Palm’s product development team to revamp its design and ensure that they release a smartphone that can truly make an impact in an already crowded Windows Mobile environment.

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Posted by Andrew on March 31, 2008 at 07:56 AM

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by Corey | Mar 31, 2008 9:20:52 AM

I tell you what, I hope that this phone is made available through AT&T soon thereafter...because I just bought a Centro as a temporary phone until the newer iPhone comes out. I was near ready to make the switch away from Palm due to their drastic falling behind in the smart phone market. This gives me some kind of hope towards a better phone, because I didn't really want to switch to Apple, but they (at this moment) have nearly everything that I need in a phone...with a couple of exceptions.

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Corey

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by R.P. | Mar 31, 2008 11:29:15 AM

I was hoping that Palm would have added a flash with the camera. The images taken with the camera on the past Treo's has a lot to be desired but I am still a Treo fan. Considered switching over to the Blackberry Curve for the picture quality feature but the Treo800 appears to stepping up with a few more added features.

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by Scott | Apr 1, 2008 3:07:33 PM

Either the person that created that slide with the 800w on it is a moron or this is a fake. Why would they show a july release phone on a Q1 roadmap? First phone on here, February in the February section, 2nd phone on here April in the April section, 3rd phone on here July in the April section? Huh? That makes ZERO sense...I'm not buying it, that's WAY TOO EASY to fake...Maybe if the roadmap was July, August, September (Q3) or not quarterly related like April, May, June, July etc I'd be more inclined to beleive it...Including the already released Samsung and Blackberry on this historical roadmap to me was just trying to make this fake more legit looking.

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by dgarts | Apr 1, 2008 6:55:03 PM

W smubbleyoo.

WTF is wrong with these people?

We want a P on the end of the latest and greatest, sheesh, what's it take to get some attention from Palm?

And a bigger @#$% screen, for cryin' out loud.

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by Jeff | Apr 1, 2008 10:24:38 PM

dgarts: exactly! GPS is nice, but I don't want to switch to W. where is this mythical new Palm OS?

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by Scott | Apr 8, 2008 8:58:53 PM

I don't see why everyone hates the look of the mockup 800w...I actually think it's quite nice...

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by Sundi | Apr 9, 2008 3:32:48 PM

I don't like the fact that it look just like the Centro.

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by dgarts | Apr 9, 2008 11:21:06 PM

Scott - I wish I could say "everyone" hates the mockup, but that isn't entirely true.

For those of us that do, it's probably not really about the suggested look of the 800w, it's simply the fact that it's a "w".

We want Palm OS, and are getting tired of being left out while every other segment under the sun gets some kind of attention from Palm.

While we keep holding out hope that, one fine day, we will be rewarded for our loyalty, the competition keeps ratcheting up the stakes, and Palm keeps fiddling while Rome burns.

As another poster put it, by 2009 iPhone will probably be in its 3rd generation - do we really have confidence the inept bunch of folks at Palm can not only catch but leapfrog Apple, or RIM (thinking about a touch screen) or whatever else is going on out there?

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by jess | May 18, 2008 7:32:27 PM

the treo 755p came out calm down its time for an upgrade for windows software they will come out with an upgrade again for palm calm down

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