Treo Pro Briefly Unveiled
Ultraslim New Black Windows Mobile GSM Treo Pro (aka Treo 850) Delivers Most Beautiful & Exciting Palm Smartphone in Years with 3G + WiFi + GPS + Flush Screen & More
Following the (sadly) unfounded excitement for the Palm Centro2 earlier this week we can at least now rejoice with real information about the forthcoming Treo Pro (aka Treo 850) which already has the web abuzz with the “slickest & coolest Palm smartphone in years”.
Palm yesterday temporarily offered a flash presentation of this Treo Pro online briefly giving us the opportunity to grab the screenshots below and gather some more information about its specifications.
While we already knew a few things from a hardware and design perspective such as the fact that the Treo Pro would be the first Palm smartphone to offer a flush touchscreen (no recess) as well as a new navigation key layout and the reuse of the Centro keyboard (which I find excellent).
Thanks to the image above we now also get to see that the new camera lens on the Treo Pro finally does away with the ugly mirror that all previous versions had and the speaker also gets a revamp now with a narrow band on the back side. We still get a memory card slot (under the battery though) and the addition of a dedicated side WiFi button. Two of the most interesting design changes include a stylus now positioned at the bottom of the device and the first 3.5mm stereo headset jack on a Palm smartphone!
Further exciting Treo Pro specifications include:
- Built-in assisted-GPS receiver
- Built-in 802.11 b/g WiFi
- 320x320 pixel resolution flush touchscreen
- GSM, EDGE radio
- High-speed UMTS HSDPA 3.6 data connectivity
- microSD slot under the battery
- 2 Megapixel Camera
- 1500 mAh battery (that should provide 5.5 hours+ of talk time)
- a micro-USB connector for both power and sync
- Bluetooth 2.0 EDR + A2DP (allowing you to use Stereo Bluetooth Headphones for wireless music)
- 256MB NAND-Flash (with over 175MB available to use) + 32 MB SDRAM
- Runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (possible upgrade to 7.0 in 2009)
Additionally, the Treo Pro promises to become one of the thinnest Touchscreen + Keyboard smartphones in the world (see below) when it is released (hopefully within a few weeks) thanks to being only 14mm thick – a full 25% slimmer (4.6mm less) than the already small Palm Centro.
The image comparison below shows the Treo Pro roughly to scale with the Centro. The first measuring D14mm x W60mm x H113mm compared to the D18.6mm x W53.5mm x H107.2mm of the Centro. Thus, aside from its slimness, the Treo 850 is 6.5mm (12.5%) wider and some 5mm (5%) longer than the Centro which guarantees both a larger screen and keyboard that business users will demand. I also expect the Treo Pro to weigh only between 100–120 grams (some 33% less than the existing Treo 750 that it replaces).
As I have mentioned before, the more I learn about the Treo Pro the more I like it. Its looks are very appealing with the slick black body – one that now happens to be ultrathin and ultralight – and there’s absolutely nothing to fault in its high-end specifications. I reckon that it may very well prove to become one of the most successful Windows Mobile Palm smartphones to date when it is released at the end of August/September (rumours are that Palm has already placed an order for 5.0 million new smartphones with a Taiwanese manufacturer).
Separately, the Treo Pro also represents the single largest and most significant design “jump” that Palm has made in quite a while and may finally be indicative of a completely new design culture at the company – one which will hopefully deliver a range of stunning devices running the new NOVA operating system in 2009. It’s certainly encouraging and refreshing to see Palm slowly but surely moving on the right track again.
Treo Pro Images via Gizmodo
Treonauts are always pros…