Treo Pro Now Official
Palm Finally Unveils Ultraslim New Treo Pro With Official Picture & Video + More Info From New York Times
UPDATE: I have just received an email from Palm both in the US and the UK letting me know about the official announcement of the Palm Treo Pro which will be will be available in September in Europe through Vodafone (from free to EUR 399 with contract) and O2 (pricing is available from O2 direct sales and online business stores), and in Australia through Telstra (from free with contract).
The Treo Pro will also be available in the United States in the fall through the Palm online store as well as select Internet, retail and enterprise resellers for a suggested retail price of $549. The U.S. version is unlocked and unsubsidized, giving end users the flexibility to simply insert their existing active SIM card and immediately start using their Treo Pro without a new contract. [Note: It is also expected that AT&T will carry the new Treo Pro but nothing official yet.]
Following the Treo Pro Images & Specifications that we saw on Monday, for a brief moment yesterday Palm issued an official press release announcing its absolutely gorgeous new Treo Pro smartphone along with the first official picture below of the device as well as a short demonstration video. Within minutes though all of this information was promptly removed (again)…
The press release included a short product description posted along the image and video at the TheNewsMarket.com but said little more than: "Palm has unveiled a new mobile device, the Treo Pro smartphone. The new phone features a one-touch Wi-Fi button, GPS, Windows Mobile 6.1 and a high-resolution flush color touch screen. Available video includes the Treo Pro smartphone and Palm headquarters."
Having said this, the video of the Treo Pro in action did contain a few interesting images (screenshots below) showing this smartphone making a call and demonstrating its slickness and slimness in your hand.
Additionally, it’s clear that Palm will push the mapping and GPS navigation capabilities of the Treo Pro (rumoured to include an internal GPS receiver) with Google Maps and the bundled Telenav software.
We also get a chance to see the Treo Pro using its 2.0 megapixel camera to take a picture outdoors and finally we also get to see the latest call screen on this Windows Mobile smartphone which now includes dedicated on-screen buttons for Speaker On, Mute, Hold as well as direct access to Note, Contacts and Unlock.
As I mentioned earlier, now that Palm has made the Treo Pro 100% official it’s interesting to see The New York Times today confirm that: “On Wednesday, [Jon Rubinstein] and Ed Colligan, Palm’s chief executive, will announce the debut of a new smartphone primarily for business customers — the Treo Pro.” This smartphone will also set a new trend for Palm as the company is “scrapping the use of numbers in product names”.
UPDATE2: Here is the official very cool Treo Pro video from Palm