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Windows Mobile Treo 670 Ready by Q1 2006

There’s still nothing official from Palm (and there won’t be for at least two months) but a recent article in Business Week on the one hand and another from the Commercial Times in Taiwan are providing further assurances that the Treo 670 is indeed for real.

Business Week, in an article discussing various competitors in the smartphone space, reports that:

“Palm is widely believed to be nearing the release of a new version of its Treo smart phone that will break with tradition by running Microsoft's Windows Mobile instead of the proprietary Palm OS. In fact, pictures of the device, allegedly dubbed the Treo 670, have recently circulated on gadget gossip sites.”

Meanwhile, DigiTimes – quoting an article from the Chinese-language Commercial Times – reports that “Palm is likely to outsource the production of its next generation of Treo-series smartphones, built using Microsoft’s operating system, to Taiwan-based High Tech Computer (HTC), with volume shipments to begin in the first quarter of 2006”.  HTC already manufacture the Treo 650 so there isn’t anything surprising in these news except for the confirmation of a Windows Mobile Treo.

Again, for clarification, everyone should understand that there is no question of replacing the PalmOS on our Treo with Windows Mobile.  Instead, there will be one Treo marketed with the PalmOS and another with Windows Mobile.

UPDATE: I just came across a very interesting News.com article in which Palm Chief Financial Officer Andrew Brown said that “building a Treo that runs on the mobile version of Windows might help the company woo corporate customers who have been reticent to buy its Palm OS-based gadgets”. 

Brown reiterates what other senior Palm executives – including CEO Ed Colligan –  have stated in the past concerning their ‘neutral’ position as regards to the operating systems running on their devices and the email servers to which they connect.  This ability to offer a choice of operating systems was one of the benefits of spinning off PalmSource.

Finally, Brown also stated that "Over the next 12 months, the majority of devices in the higher-end price range are going to be 3G devices” – so our next Treo will have EVDO (Evolution Data Only) and/or UMTS (Universal Mobile Telephone System) capabilities.

Is RIM Ready to Rumble? [Business Week]
HTC to manufacture Microsoft-based Treo smartphones for Palm [DigiTimes – Thanks A. Davis]
Making the case for Windows on Palm devices [News.com]

Treonauts are always ready for change

Posted by Andrew on August 11, 2005 at 04:10 PM

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by Brock Tice | Aug 11, 2005 5:21:50 PM

I've "used" Windows mobile before, and why people want to use it as a PDA is beyond me. The PIM apps are atrocious. Give me the simplicity of PalmOS any day. Of course, I'm not a Windows user either, so you might consider me biased.

by A684TTQAR | Aug 11, 2005 7:55:43 PM

Okay I'm speechless. Here I am researching, reading whatever/wherever I can get my hands on Treo 650 material, to the point where I think I'm going blind over the last two months.

Reading/researching and saving pennies (lots & lots of them) to finally dip into the Smartphone world specifically the Treo 650 world.

But there now seems to be a new launch nevertheless in record breaking time.

So do I wait or jump?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Remember first time in Palm land so I have never had any experience with the OS.

An aspiring "TREONAUT" waiting in the wings!


by Andrew | Aug 11, 2005 8:16:47 PM

A684TTQAR - You'll have to wait between 6 to 9 months before a new Treo is released. If you're ready to make your move and can afford it then what are you waiting to join the Treonauts!? ;-)

Cheers, A.

by laika | Aug 12, 2005 1:08:20 AM

after the initial shocked that Palm might be serious about using Windows Mobile 5 on its devices, i came to realize the financial benefits that might be too large to refuse by the company. so i think i can live with a Treo using Windows Mobile.... distantly. well, i won't use it myself. but if those sales can help the company in the long run and to produce other Palm OS Treos, it would benefit me... directly. :)

by Karl | Aug 12, 2005 1:42:53 PM


by Cripple | Aug 18, 2005 12:07:15 AM

The rumoured WM Treo 670 has a Verizon logo on it. Verizon is currently selling the Samsung i730. About the same size as our Treo running WM 2003, and the keyboard is hidden via a slide down. The screen size is 240x320 and our 650 is 320x320 but many people are suggesting the 670 will have a 240x240 screen, since there are no WM devices with a 320x320 screen. The specs also specify EVDO support as well as built-in WiFi, has a 520Mhz processor (650 has 400Mhz). The only thing is that the i730 does not have a camera.
How will the Treo 670 compete with that? Built-in WiFi!!!

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