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Future Treo Prototypes Roundup

During its recent Q3 conference call, palmOne's interim CEO, Ed Colligan mentioned that there were opportunities for additonal growth by "segment[ing] the potential [Treo] customer base" and that this would happen around new "software and form factors".

Combined with last year's comments made by then CEO Todd Bradley of a future "Treo family" as well as yesterday's news that palmOne was to open a European engineering centre for smartphone development to help accelerate the delivery of next-generation smartphones, it is safe to assume that a number of new Treo models of different shapes, sizes and flavour are in the pipeline.

However, aside from our imagination and some educated guesses we don't yet have an exact indication as to what these future Treo smartphones might look like nor when they might be released.

In the meantime we can nevertheless continue to dream about the possibilities and to help us along I came across yet another very interesting attempt at designing a future Treo below that was posted by jamespaulritter on the Treocentral forum which got me excited.

The design on the left above (we'll call it the "Treo 810") enhances the Treo with a 480x320 screen and an under-body back-sliding keyboard while maintaining the current overall dimensions of our Treo 650.  Although I have no idea what it might feel like to actually use it (since it doesn't yet exist), I have to admit that I really like the design of this 'slider' keyboard and while it still retains the antenna I consider it to be a much more elegant option than my own attempt at incorporating a sliding keyboard based on the Tungsten T3 (below right).

The design above right is nearly identical in concept to a "Treo 800" seen circulating online since last year which does away with the keyboard entirely in favour of just a large 480x320 screen.  Although again I consider this to be an interesting design and recognize that it may prove to have unique benefits for some people, I would not personally be interested in a keyboard-less Treo.

As I discussed a few weeks ago, our design for a future "Treo 710" (above left) sought to enhance the keyboard even further and is some 10% wider than our current Treo 650 (6.6cm instead of 5.9cm) resulting in a keyboard and navigation buttons that are also some 10% larger.

Meanwhile, our previous "Treo 700" above right borrows the Tungsten T3 style sliding keyboard, provides a large 480x320 screen and removes the antenna.

So, the combined imagination of a number of creative Treonauts now ofers us four potential 'realistic' future Treo form factors plus naturally the existing Treo 650 one.  But which one would we choose?  I for one was extremely (but pleasantly) surprised to see that nearly 50% of respondents to the "Treo 710" poll stated that they would buy one if it was available today (with that kind of response perhaps I should start designing phones for a living... ).

Given the choice and assuming that all of these future Treo models shared the same technical specifications which one would prove to be your ideal solution?  Personally I'm hesitating between the 710 because I wouldn't mind a slightly larger keyboard and the 810 because I have to admit that a larger screen would definitely appeal to me (now what about one that was wider and had a bigger screen... ).  In the meantime though let's be clear that I'm still over the moon with my 650 (as if anyone could have any doubts about that...).

Your Future Treo
Which one would you buy?

Current Treo 650 model line
Treo 700 (Large screen with Tungsten-like sliding keyboard)
Treo 710 (10% wider body and keyboard)
Treo 800 (No keyboard but larger screen)
Treo 810 (Large screen with back sliding keyboard)
Click Here to View Current Results

The New Treo 700! [Treocentral Forum]
palmOne to Open European Engineering Centre for Smartphone Development in Dublin [palmOne Press Room]
Taking a Shot at Designing a Future Treo 710 [Treonauts]

Treonauts are curious to know what the future has in store...

Posted by Andrew on March 25, 2005 at 11:05 AM

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by Felipe | Mar 25, 2005 1:39:53 PM

anything that gets rid of the antenna and keeps the kb.

i know the sliding kb are all the rage now, but NO. :)

by Antoine RJ Wright | Mar 25, 2005 10:31:36 PM

They all are quite good and possible ideas. Though I have to think that my Treo 670 (posted today at BargainPDA) will come first ;)

by Marty Kinnamon | Mar 25, 2005 11:11:54 PM

They don't need to alter the current physical configuration of the Treo, it perfect and its popularity is a testament to that. They only need to refine the Treo....work out all bugs, make it more efficient, upgrade it to higher res screens, more memory, faster processor, etc. Refine it!

by Andrew | Mar 26, 2005 6:34:39 AM


You're a rascal! You had me going there for a while with your Windows Mobile Treo 670 only to discover that you had mastered Photoshop...

Scary thought that yours might be the first one to appear ;-)

Joking aside, various sources have confirmed that variations on the four design concepts in this post are actually in the works so 2005 promises to be an interesting year for Palm Powered smartphones.

Have a great Easter weekend, A.

by Felipe | Mar 26, 2005 10:53:40 AM

with a square screen, can a palm do a higher resolution than 320x320?

by Antoine RJ Wright | Mar 26, 2005 12:51:32 PM

Funny, I thought that my 670 would get a few people ;)

That slider design looks like something that would be possible, just with flattened buttons. I just dont know how much palmOne wants to go back to a slide after issues with the T3. It would make for a heck of a sweet model though.

Your BB/Treo hybrid model would sell fast to a ton of people if the BB Connect software. I could see that one coming too.

The person above who asked if something higer than 320x320 is possible; sure is. Things just get hairy as it may be best to go 640x640 rather than 480x480. At either of those you get some sharpness but it might bee too sharp for some.

Have a memorable Resurrection weekend everyone :)

by Marty | May 11, 2005 12:11:49 AM

So far I've been very impressed by the proposed designs of the future Treos here. However, having been a Palm user for 5 years prior to getting a Treo, I still can't get over the Graffiti. I still have the Treo 600 although I'm already eligible for upgrade but I'm skipping the 650 with the hope that the next model would allow me to rekindle my love affair with the Graffiti! Any rumors about the Graffiti-comeback?

by Loree | Jun 2, 2005 3:54:59 PM

I just bought a treo 650 and was surprised and very disappointed with not having Graffiti available on it! : (
I just assumed it was going to be there.
Very dissappointed!

by Eugene | Oct 11, 2005 2:31:47 AM

I love the Treo 810 so when is it going on sale on in stores

by Paul | Apr 22, 2008 2:37:44 AM

hola el treo 810 esta demaciado bello tremendo treo es lo mejor que an hecho hasta el momento c la estan comiendo mis felisitaciones

by jamespaulritter | Oct 9, 2009 4:06:39 AM

I think palm needs to cut me a check for inventing the palm pre


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