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Treo 500 - The Thinnest Treo Yet!

Thanks to an image released by retailer The Phone House in The Netherlands at last we have confirmation that the new Treo smartphone which is due to be officially launched in Europe this Wednesday will be called Treo 500.

Treo 500

The Treo 500 running Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition will come with a 240×320 screen, 150MB of memory and high speed 3G wireless data connectivity will be possible thanks to UMTS.  The expansion slot will be MiniSD, just like the successful Treo 750.  

More importantly, the Treo 500 is the thinnest and slimmest Treo yet at only 16mm (0.63”) – a full 6mm (nearly 25%) less than the Treo 750 – while the remaining dimensions are 61mm wide and 110mm high (+3mm and -1mm respectively compared to the 750).  Much like equivalent competitors such as the Blackjack, Dash or Q the Treo 500 also will not have a touchscreen (another first for Palm).

Finally the Treo 500 also benefits from an upgraded 2 megapixel camera and Bluetooth has been improved to v2.0 which should make it a lot faster and easier to connect all those Bluetooth accessories such as a headset or GPS.  Also, the Treo 500 smartphone will be available in dark grey (pictured above) and white.

More news to come when Palm make the whole thing official this Wednesday…

via PalmClub.nl and Alles Windows Mobile

Treonauts always want the best

Posted by Andrew on September 10, 2007 at 09:45 PM

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by Charles | Sep 10, 2007 11:30:07 PM

Blah Blah Blah
I am going to p*ke: *another* Windows Mobile phone.

Tell me again what it the differentiating factor? Ah, yes the keyboard.

Oh well, Palm, *is*, really, dead.

by Brandon | Sep 10, 2007 11:33:09 PM

i have to agree with my esteemed colleague Charles.

by BenJoe | Sep 11, 2007 12:12:27 AM

No Touch Screen, then it is just a phone with cool stuff.

by Palmdoc | Sep 11, 2007 2:12:57 AM

Another Treo without Wifi. Move along....

by dmm | Sep 11, 2007 6:28:47 AM

Not to nitpick--the 750 has MiniSD, not Micro.

by Frank Madison | Sep 11, 2007 7:38:28 AM

This cant be the best....its ugly.Time to be honest guys. Lets say for arguments sake it is thin. It is a horrendous looking device. My god what ws Palm thinking, the current Palm Treo form factor beats this ugly ducking hands down.

by Dave Hartman | Sep 11, 2007 8:22:30 AM

If the best that can be said is that the LACK of a touch screen is a "first" for Palm, that is pretty astounding. What next? "Palm announces that it's next phone will have no Wi Fi, Bluetooth or camera, a first for Palm!" And you can take your Windows operating system and shove it. Why would I want to put an OS that has given me nothing but grief on my phone as well?

One can only hope that this is an interim product. I like my Treo 650 quite a bit, but it's old, and there's no real improvements in the later products. At this point, I'll wait . .......until the iPhone has voice dialing. . .

by Joseph | Sep 11, 2007 9:06:45 AM

No really it's ugly. I mean the past Treos were more beautiful. For a centro this shape is good because it's much smaller but for such dimensions.. Well it's not good. If Palm left the same old Treo look but made it a little thinner, then it would be hell better than this one. And for the color palm desperately needs something black. And by black I mean all dark black, not gray-black or silver-black. And Wifi ! For the love of humanity add Wifi to your Treos. Why they should be different from other smartphones ?

It's really good that you stepped it up a notch by adding a 2 Mega Pixels cam and Bluetooth v2.0 but hey.. that's like two years ago!! It's something that should have been in your older Treos commencing with the Treo 700.

Nevertheless palm is trying to make some change and the cancellation of the Foleo was a second chance, that made people a little more confident because palm is introducing something better. So please Palm.. don't waste this chance..

by Joseph | Sep 11, 2007 9:13:43 AM

And one more thing. Please enough with the round shapes. It won't bite if it's rectangular and doesn't have a keyboard..

by Andrew | Sep 11, 2007 9:13:57 AM

According to the latest leaks, the Treo 800w (ETA late Q4 07 on Sprint) will finally have WiFi...

Cheers, A.

by Joe Smith | Sep 11, 2007 9:35:30 AM

Treo-bashing is fun but take it easy.....this is a Pearl competitor, let's see how it works first before we bury it. It's interesting, no touchscreen but still running Windows Mobile 6. As a current Treo and former Blackberry user I must say the mix of stylus/one-hand input on Treos makes me feel schizophrenic, constantly deciding which route to go.

I'm most interested if it will have nice predictive typing like the non-QWERTY Pearl/7100s....

by Joseph | Sep 11, 2007 9:42:18 AM

That's not bashing man. If the users don't care they would not come here and start complaining about what bugs them with the devices and give some good advices too..

by YT | Sep 11, 2007 10:19:33 AM

Hey I know this is out of context here but anyone here any news if they are coming out with the 755p for Verizon? Obviously this model won't be going to verizon any time soon but it would be nice to finally upgrade my treo!

by NowVoyager | Sep 11, 2007 1:15:31 PM

Y'all don't even want to know what I think about this Bugly (butt ugly) looking mess, LOL. It's like an industrial Centro. No finesse. Palm, the clock is ticking. The caption should read: It's Ugly But Thin... Please Take One Home And Love It.

by Kevin White | Sep 11, 2007 1:32:24 PM


Windows Mobile 6 Standard is for devices without touch screens. It used to be Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphones, or something like that. Think Motorola Q/ Samsung Blackjack.

It's not the same as Windows Mobile 6 Professional (pocket PC, touch screen + phone) or Classic (no phone, still touch-screen.)

The interface is different, and it requires different software than, say, a Treo 750/700w.

by Manuel Martin | Sep 11, 2007 2:29:03 PM

I loved and still love Palm: M105, M505, Zire, T3, Treo 680... For strange reasons I love very much my Treo, it´s not the best but I feel very well with the device in my hands. In any case I have an Excalibur for working reasons, I have performed a test putting Excalibur over new Treo photo, Sirs: It´s the same machine!!!, form factor is exactly the same. But Treo no wifi¿?.
I think the key will be the cost, 100 euros¿? It will be superb, 300 euros¿? NO!!!!!!!!.
An please free it, no more Vodafone.

by Jmore | Sep 11, 2007 4:16:48 PM

Palm has one more chance to impress me (Treo 800p?)...otherwise I'm jumping on the iPhone bandwagon.

I'd love to see an iPhone-like device with a thin slide-out keyboard. >Droooool<

by Gary | Sep 11, 2007 7:04:38 PM

Palm, you're such a tease. First you announce Foleo, garnering mixed reviews, but keeping the faithful wondering. Then Foleo is shelved, did you hear the huge sigh of relief from the Treo owners, as Palm alludes to a "renewed focus" and developing a "compelling solution" in the "next generation platform". So now we're speculating on a new innovative Treo, and what do we get... Centro!?? Why? Why bother to waste the resources, not mention the R&D, to dumb down to this product in "hopes" of taking market share from Samsung? What makes you think WE, the Treo faithful, are willing to wait for you to innovate or for that matter measure up to what your "real" competition has available NOW? If the iPhone ever opens up to 3rd party apps in big way, Palm's road kill. And that's only if HTC doesn't just flat out bury everybody.

Palm, I've read this more than once and I'm sure it's crossed alot of users' mind ... No "Compelling" Product by January 2008 ... I'm outta here, you get expensed out as a bad investment.

by Liberty For ALL! | Sep 11, 2007 9:12:17 PM

What is this, the Windows-portable Floppeo?

Palm has NOTHING that competes w/iPhone -- what a joke Palm has become, and they had SO much potential...

by Charles | Sep 11, 2007 9:24:08 PM

Just to come back to my original post:

Everyone else seems to be more concerned about the look.
I don't care (so much) about the look, than about the features.

I really cannot use Windows Mobile, strike that, Active Sync. The thing should be banned: it is limited to two PCs (duh) and yet it seldom connects to the two elected PCs.

I am not in the market for yet another "Windows Mobile with inActive Sync" avatar, I want a Palm OS phone with Hotsync and with 3.5G & Wifi.

by Idefix | Sep 12, 2007 2:05:54 AM

I have to agree with the others here. first they give us hope and now this.

if I wanted a touchscreenless Win Mob phone I'd buy one of the many that are already available. they all look better than this thing. and most have WiFi.

I do want a new PalmOS device or something that's compatible to PalmOS, like the new ALP is supposed to be. and I want all the modern things a smartphone should have, WiFi, Blue2, high quality cam (3MP, autofokus, flash), GPS, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA. and I want it with a big touchscreen (320x480?) and a usable full keyboard, sliding would be fine. it should have a few gig flash ram, a decent battery, an extension slot of some kind and at least not be the most ugly thing in the world, something simple in dark metal, or lot'sof different colours in pastic to choose from, I'm not that hard to please. slim is good, but that's the only good thing about this pseudo Centro.

If I win 5 of those I'm not sure I'll even want to try one and I certainly won't give them to friends or family. I like my friends.

it's so sad, I like my old ugly fat Tro 650, but noadays I use s M600i just because it works too and it's pretty. I'm so shallow.


by Ddeath | Sep 12, 2007 4:37:31 AM

Oh hell.. what a waste of time from Palm. I would rather get a WM6 HTC Cavalier/Dopod C730 (http://www.pdadb.net/index.php?m=specs&id=757). At least it is HSDPA and WIFI enabled. And it doesn't look too bad to boot. Sigh...

by Lance | Sep 12, 2007 5:22:43 AM

The bottom line is:


My answer is: No.

I want something that runs Palm OS, has at least 1 GB of RAM, accepts memory cards greater that 2MB, has a built-in hard drive built in, WIFI. a faster processor, is waterproof, dustproof, and has a battery life measured in days, not hours.

by Afaebe | Sep 12, 2007 6:37:52 PM

I think palm is losing it. 500v is way behind time. 150MB, not even 1GB. No touch screen? Internal sim & memory card? No wifi? Palm threw aesthetics to the dog on this one. In this era of biometric lock, voice dial, BT2, wifi, solid mutimedia etc,etc; this device could easily have reported 'can't make it' like the foleo. Well I had said before and I say again 650 is still the best designed palm device for now. I wished I had a 650 with palm os6, voice dial, wifi, bt2 and 8-12gb sd card capable housed in an iphone.

by jeremy lai | Apr 29, 2008 4:48:43 PM

is the treo 500 work with sprint system in usa?

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