Treo 800w Coming To Sprint In July?
Palm CEO, Ed Colligan, recently reiterated his company’s focus on “the delivery of a compelling new [smartphone] product line in the future”. Chief among these is the forthcoming release of one or more new high-end enterprise-class Windows Mobile Treo smartphones “before the end of this summer”.
Now according to a leaked roadmap from Sprint (image below) it appears that this rumoured Windows Mobile Treo 800w may actually become available as early as July – once again it appears that Sprint will be taking the lead with the launch of a new CDMA Treo smartphone while Verizon follows in the distance.
The Treo 800w is expected to become the first, high-end, antenna-less Palm smartphone running on the Sprint and/or Verizon CDMA network and will replace the now rather aged Treo 700w|wx.
More importantly, based on this leaked roadmap as well as multiple previous rumours, the Treo 800w will be the first Palm Treo smartphone to feature built-in 802.11g WiFi and GPS as well as:
- miniUSB sync & charge connector
- Thin form-factor (close to Centro)
- Windows Mobile 6.0 with upgrade to 6.1 when available
- Compatible with Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008
- 2 megapixel camera (non-camera version also available)
- Dedicated WiFi On/Off Button
- High-speed Wireless connectivity with EV-DO Rev. A
- Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR
- 8GB+ microSDHC memory card expansion
- 256MB internal memory
Although the Treo 800w specifications are certainly juicy there is unfortunately still not a single good “real” leaked image of this smartphone and I therefore still have no idea if the mockups seen here will bear any resemblance to the final product or not.
Also, it is quite possible that the “delay” of the Treo 800w launch may in part have been due to the relatively negative reaction to the looks of these early mockups and pushed Palm’s product development team to revamp its design and ensure that they release a smartphone that can truly make an impact in an already crowded Windows Mobile environment.
Treonauts always make an impact…