A Real Picture of the Next Generation Treo Starts to Emerge (Updated)

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Rumors of a replacement for palmOne’s popular Treo 600 have been circulating since early this year. However, until now, the supposed descriptions of it have often been contradictory.

A picture has been posted on the TreoCentral web site that is apparently of the next generation Treo. In addition to showing the device itself, it includes a description of this smartphone.

Update: TreoCentral has pulled down its article on the next-generation Treo. No reason was given; however, there were reports on Friday that palmOne was trying to keep this information from being widely distributed.

While pictures can be faked with relative ease, the TreoCentral staff claims it has been able to independently confirm the information revealed by this image, which is supposedly from an internal Sprint document. This wireless carrier is just one of many expected to offer this smartphone.

Update 2: TreoCentral is now saying, “The article was pulled due to threatened legal action from one of the nations largest wireless carriers.” Sprint seems the likeliest candidate for this, as much of the information on the next Treo came from a leaked Sprint document.

Until now, this device has typically been called the Treo 610. However, there is nothing in the latest information coming from Sprint to confirm this. Instead, the unit is only referred to as the “Next Generation Treo.”

Supposedly, this will be quite similar to the current Treo. Perhaps the most significant change is the inclusion of a 320-by-320-pixel display, which is twice the resolution of the one used in the present Treo model.

In addition, the next generation Treo is expected to include Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, allowing this mobile phone to use wireless headsets and wirelessly HotSync.

The upcoming model will reportedly sport a 312 MHz processor, which is faster than the current one, but will not have any more memory.

This device will not make the jump to Palm OS Cobalt, the latest version of the operating system developed for high-end smartphones. Instead, this model will use Palm OS Garnet ( OS 5.4 ).

The camera in this smartphone will supposedly get an upgrade. The new version will have a 1.3 megapixel camera that can take both still images and video.

Like its predecessor, the upcoming model will have an SD slot. In addition, the new model will reportedly be able to use some of the SDIO peripherals now on the market.

There are supposed to be a number of improvements made to this device’s web browser, including the ability to download files and support for frames.

Despite these changes, the form factor of the next-generation Treo is expected to be almost exactly the same as the current model. Of course, it will still use a “candybar” shape and include a miniature keyboard. There will, however, be a couple of new hardware buttons.

Both GSM/GPRS and CDMA versions of this smartphone are expected to debut sometime this fall.

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