Although Sprint began offering the Treo 650 months ago, at this point no other carrier has the latest palmOne smartphone. There are strong signs that this is about to change.
While at the CES tradeshow, going on now in Las Vegas, Engadget ran across a Cingular branded Treo 650. Cingular is currently the largest wireless service provider in the U.S.
Unfortunately, Engadget has no additional information on when the carrier will begin offering this device. The person showing the Cingular-branded Treo 650 has clearly been told to keep quiet about specific dates, but the mere fact that Cingular is demoing the product is a clear sign that a release is coming soon.
In addition, another site has found a strong hint that Cingular may begin offering the Treo 650 before the end of this month.
Those who order a Treo 600 from Cingular before January 31 qualify for a $50 rebate. Gizmodo has just noticed that the Treo 650 is also listed on the rebate form. There would be no point in including this device on the form if it weren't going to be available before the offer ends.
Whether Cingular begins offering the Treo 650 by the end of this month or not, Sprint's monopoly on this device will certainly come to an end soon. A palmOne executive said in November that Treo 650 will debut in Europe in February
The new model has a screen with four times this resolution of its predecessor: 320 by 320 pixels.
In addition, the new model includes Bluetooth wireless networking, so it works with wireless headsets.
Also, the Treo 650 has a swappable battery, another popular feature the original model lacked.
Despite these changes, the Treo 650 is quite similar to the current Treo 600 in size and shape.
It is 4.4 inches tall, 2.3 inches wide, and 0.9 inches thick (113 by 59 by 23 mm) and weighs 6.3 ounces (178 grams).
Like the Treo 600, the new model has an SD slot. It still isn't clear whether palmOne will eventually allow the Treo 650 to use its Wi-Fi SD card; at this point it can not.
The new model's built-in camera is capable of taking both still images and video. Maximum resolution is 640 by 480 pixels for photos or 352 by 288 pixels for videos.
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