Treo 850 First Real Image!
Ultraslim Treo 850 Looks Great + Has WiFi!
Hot on the heels of the first Treo 800w picture we now get the first real Treo 850 image (below) that is apparently the GSM version destined for Vodafone in the UK and which I have to admit looks pretty darn good and more closely resembles the next generation type of “smartphone for grownups” that we’ve been waiting for.
While I was quite disappointed with the overall look of the Treo 800w I have to say that this Treo 850 fills me with excitement and gives us all a much better idea of what Palm’s new design team is really capable of (see below).
With the Treo 850 we have a slick shiny black body, appealing round green and red Call Answer/End buttons, flush navigation buttons and dedicated Calendar and Mail buttons, a new round 5Way button, a full QWERTY keyboard that uses the same “sheet” technology as that found on the Centro, for the first time a completely flush square touchscreen!, an ultraslim body (see below compared to the BlackBerry 8800) and also a dedicated side WiFi button!
Additionally, although news on specifications are still slim the Treo 850 will apparently have a Quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE radio with high-speed UMTS/HSDPA data connectivity, 400 MHz processor and 100MB of free RAM running Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. These specs combined with great looks at least give me enough ammunition to say that the Treo 850 could happily compete with the new BlackBerry Bold pictured below – particularly as the 850 is likely to be significantly cheaper.
Now that I’ve seen this Treo 850 image I am really hoping (praying actually) that the previous pictures of the Treo 800w are those of an early prototype and that the real thing will much more closely resemble the 850 seen here – that would seriously make a difference for Palm and significantly change my position that the 800w has an “outdated look”. Let’s cross our fingers on this front…
Separately, given the success of the Centro I’m really wondering why Palm has not yet released a Windows Mobile version with exactly the same form factor…
Exclusive Pics of the Palm Treo 850 [via BoyGeniusReport]
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