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Finally! Treo Nitro: First Great Images!

I am in heaven…  _Finally_ someone has been able to take a few good quality pictures of the forthcoming and anxiously anticipated Treo “Nitro” running PalmOS which will likely be released by Cingular in the US and Orange in Europe in the coming months.

As previously posted, the “Nitro” model will be the first slim(mer), antenna-less, PalmOS powered, 3G (high speed wireless data) Treo smartphone – at last!

There are not many technical details to share at this point but rumours are that this model will have:

  • A 1200mAh battery compared to 1800mAh on the Treo 650/700
  • 64MB User Available Memory
  • Runs PalmOS version 5.49016
  • Camera is 0.3MP (like Treo 650) NOT 1.3MP (like Treo 700p/w)
  • Stylus is rubber on the upper part (instead of all metal)
  • SIM card is loaded on the side instead of top (see images below)
  • ACCESS (PalmOS) trademark is everywhere in the software

It’s interesting to see that Palm have designed a new side loading SD card slot – presumably because of the constraints of a slimmer casing – and this is something that will undoubtedly appeal to those Treonauts whose SD cards had a bad habit of inadvertently popping out…  There is no doubt that with the purchase of a 4GB card (up to 8GB hopefully by the end of this year) most people will be able to have all of the data that they need with them at all times…

From a design perspective, the chrome side band (above) appears to be wider than on the Treo 700p/w while the back (below) has a centered camera lens and speaker as well as a bottom battery cover latch.

It might be too early to tell because I haven’t yet held one of these Treo “Nitro” in my hands but from the pictures alone I _absolutely_  LOVE  it!  I have been clamoring for a slimmer antenna-less Treo for so long that I just cannot wait to own and use it every day…  Hopefully I won’t have to wait too much longer…

Treo Nitro Images [Hi-PDA Forum.  Thanks for the tip Michael.]

Treonauts are always running to be first

Posted by Andrew on August 4, 2006 at 06:44 PM

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by Tunji | Aug 4, 2006 7:05:19 PM

this has me drooling

by Sergio | Aug 4, 2006 8:46:28 PM

Looks awesome! Is there any chance at all that Sprint will carry this beautiful phone?

by sammyVicious | Aug 4, 2006 10:38:27 PM

i dont get it. the only thing that it has over the 650 is the physical designs and more internal memory. it doesnt even have wifi and the camera still sucks!!! i expected much more. now i dont know if im going to run out and pay $600 for it when it comes out. . .

by lolongan | Aug 5, 2006 2:05:19 AM

I'm confused, will it have 3G or not ?
And what about Wifi ?
I've read from PalmInfocenters that the Nitro will be a "lowrider" device, so it has just the plain old GSM.

by Rolf | Aug 5, 2006 5:48:08 AM

Wifi only seems possible in the Windows version. And how about a proper (more powerful) infrared, so I can really use my Treo as a remote? What does it mean the battery capacity is 33% less? Why going back to a lame camera resolution? (Or will it be a dirt cheap model then?)

by Wai2k | Aug 5, 2006 6:24:47 AM

I can't understand why they don't put a better camera in this. I guess the reduced battery capacity (and life too?) is due to the reduced form factor. No wifi? I guess it is a Palm OS thing. I use a Treo 650 at the moment. The increased memory will be great. But I can't help but feel a little dissapointed. Palm always has the ability to bring great devices out with one or two major and glaring omissions. Might eventually jump ship to Windows OS at this rate.

Palm OS user since 1998

by Marjan | Aug 5, 2006 10:12:11 AM

I can't help but feel disappointed if this all the Treo Nitro will offer. The only advantage over the 700p is a smaller form factor. On the other hand we have a sub-standard camera, battery with less capacity possibly resulting in worse battery life, still no wifi (if true), no development in the Palm OS (as expected).
Since Palm offers Wi-Fi in several regular PDAs I can't understand why they don't offer it in their flagship product.

by James | Aug 5, 2006 11:54:25 AM

Where is the upgrade in this? I love my 650 but a slimmer form factor + small increase in RAM does not an upgraded model make.

For this to be a compeling model it needs wifi, more memory if possible, better camera and bluetooth 1.2 or 2 to allow bluetooth headsets and GPS to be used at the same time.

I really wanted this to be a great model but its not going to be worth the price if these specs are the real deal.

by Kevin | Aug 5, 2006 2:53:30 PM

Unless there's some major revelation, I'm going to go with the Lennon.

by Rome | Aug 5, 2006 3:06:47 PM

I think the main attraction of this phone will be price. Rumors have it that it will be branded as the Treo 680, which implies functionality somewhere between the 650 and the 700.

I also doubt that it will have 3G, most likely EDGE.

by Andrew | Aug 5, 2006 4:49:22 PM

It is very possible that these lower specs may in fact be those of the rumoured low-cost Treo "Lowrider" and not the "Nitro"...

It seems reasonable to assume that Palm will make this next generation Treo as good or better than the 700p...

Cheers, A.

by Kevin | Aug 5, 2006 8:31:36 PM

I was under the impression that there is no "Lowrider" anymore, as Palm said there was no such thing. I figured the Nitro is just the Lowrider under a different name.

And I also thought the PalmOS can't handle the GSM 3G radios.

by json | Aug 5, 2006 8:57:36 PM

this treo is running palm OS, so far anything official released to media outlets is that there is a windows mobile treo coming out for gsm. So this just could be the "low rider"/nitro or lennon that is on the way

by Thought | Aug 5, 2006 10:38:17 PM

Many engineers have commented on how the current Palm OS cannot handle 3G for GSM networks. Also, let's face it...Cingular is way behind the curve in rolling out 3G...if they release this in the next few months it's likely that in most markets a 3G signal won't even be available.

As for the comment:
"It seems reasonable to assume that Palm will make this next generation Treo as good or better than the 700p..."

My response is why? Why is it reasonable to assume that? It is just as reasonable to assume that Palm would come out with a lower cost, somewhat scaled down model, in essence deciding to compete at a lower price point. With the Q selling at 199 w/contract, and it rumored to come in at a lower price for GSM networks, it would seem just as reasonable that Palm wants to compete in that price point, and not get swept away by devices like the Q.

I certainly hope this is a more fully featured model, but I think it's sheer hope to declare that this is the probable outcome.

by Concerned User | Aug 7, 2006 1:59:25 AM

Shame on you for removing the originating website's water mark from the image, Andrew.

For the record, the original website on the image was www.palm119.net.

by wutreo | Aug 8, 2006 11:09:10 AM

Is it me or does anyone find the shape hideous, if you look at the side shots, its curved in a weird way from the screen to the keyboard.
Just ugly

by mozman | Aug 8, 2006 6:08:51 PM

I would rather have the sides (which I have no problem with) over an antennae that sticks out. Pick your battle.

by Mike Butcher | Aug 9, 2006 5:59:59 AM

Is Treonauts starting to show an inability to be independent? No Megapixel camera and no Wi-Fi on Nitro? In an age when this is practically standard for a smartphone, Palm really is taking the mickey on this one. I assume that it is aiming for a mainly North American market where megapixel camera phones remain in the minority and people mostly get around in cars, in which they can carry laptops, should they need WiFi access. The Sony Ericsson P990i is looking better all the time...

by Andrew | Aug 9, 2006 9:20:04 AM

Mike - as has always been the case with our Treo it is not always a matter of trying to cram as many features as possible (as most competing devices are doing) but about delivering the best and most balanced "total solution".

Yes, I agree that no high megapixel camera and no WiFi on this Treo may be a minus but there is still not a single other smartphone on the market that I would rather own than my Treo.

Cheers, A.

by Rich | Aug 11, 2006 1:02:11 AM

I thinks its ugly and dont particularly care for the form factor. I currently got a 650 and love it, i think that the 700p is a worthy upgrade and i think i'll just move to that, instead of waiting for this. At first i hated the stub antenna, and wished the treo didnt have one, but i guess it grew on me and can't see a treo without a stub

by jp | Aug 23, 2006 6:17:49 AM

im loving it without the antenna it just looks so sexy, it will be my upgrade from my 600 its the only one worth upgrading for!

by AL | Aug 31, 2006 4:58:18 PM

The Nitro will probably also be UMTS capable since all of the GSM carriers are looking at moving toward the much faster WCDMA technology. So until that comes out, not need to drool over this one, soon a GSM only phone will have as much bragging rights as an analog "Bag Phone".

by whiteking | Nov 18, 2006 9:39:38 PM

No upgrade in camera. No upgrade in battery life. No phone upgrade over treo 650

by jay | Dec 10, 2006 12:07:38 PM

does anyone know if current OS, PALM or Microsoft, can allow secured site viewing. example would be see quotes using ameritrade streamer(java on secured site). TIA

by RLD | Apr 24, 2007 12:37:34 AM

When the **HEck** is Palm gonna give us more memory? Why can't they get into the Gig realm of things like the iPod or iPhone? I have a 650, and am CONTINUALLY running out of room on my device. I have a few of the Beast apps loaded (DateBk6), but try to put everything that I can on the my sim card. No more memory STINKS!

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