Verizon Treo 800w Coming Q3 08
We already knew that the Sprint Treo 800w is coming in July and thanks to a leaked PowerPoint presentation we now get to see that the Treo 800w will also be coming to Verizon in Q3 2008 (probably early September).
Aside from confirming a number of high-end Treo 800w specifications such as the high-speed 1xEvDO Rev-A wireless data connectivity, built-in 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth v2.0 and Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) perhaps the single most important information of all is the fact that the Treo 800w picture contained in the slide is the same as the one we saw leaked two weeks ago (see below).
At the same time, Verizon’s slide does not make mention of Windows Mobile 6.1 nor of the expected built-in Treo 800w GPS navigation and it also shows a 1.3 megapixel camera when all other indications to date have been of 2.0 megapixel.
Overall it appears that our earlier conclusion that the Treo 800w is a CDMA model destined exclusively for Sprint and Verizon and that the Treo 850 (above) for its part is a GSM model (ETA Q4 08) destined for AT&T in the US and most other carriers worldwide (such as Vodafone in the UK) was correct after all.
Also, although I am clearly impressed by the high-end specifications of both the Treo 800w and Treo 850 I have to again admit that the looks of the Treo 800w continue to leave me unimpressed while the rather attractive Treo 850 offers a much better glimpse into the capabilities of the new design team at Palm.
Finally, it is worthwhile noting that during an interview last week Palm CEO Ed Colligan essentially stated that 1) all future Treo smartphones will be running Windows Mobile and target the enterprise market; 2) the only devices that will continue to run Palm OS will be Centro smartphones targeted at the consumer market and 3) the new NOVA OS (Palm 2.0) based on Linux will power a next-generation of Palm smartphones under a new brand (Quattro?) targeted at the “prosumer” market (see graphic above).
Some people have argued that such a move by Palm to market three distinct lines of smartphones is “dumb” but I strongly disagree. I believe that by the middle of next year Palm will be the only smartphone manufacturer to have such a wide portfolio of devices with which to target all three segments (Consumer, Prosumer and Enterprise) of the market.
The fact is that the Centro has already proven to be the single most successful consumer smartphone available today and I have no doubt that the new line of high-end Windows Mobile Treo will fare equally well in the enterprise market while the promise of an “amazing” new line of Nova OS smartphones makes me enthusiastic that Palm can make a very strong resurgence in the growing prosumer segment in the coming year. Exciting times ahead…
Verizon slide deck reveals Palm 800w [via engadgetmobile]
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