For two years in a row, a new version of the Treo smartphone has been released each fall, and many are anticipating that this pattern will be repeated again this year.
Although Palm itself is keeping quiet about its plans, rumors are flying. Some of these might have a basis in fact, while other are hoaxes, plain and simple.
A TreoCentral reader claims to have all the details on the upcoming Treo.
According to him (or more specifically his unnamed source), the most surprising thing about this device is that it will run Palm OS Cobalt 6.1. This would be the first Cobalt model released by palmOne/Palm.
The next Treo will reportedly have 64 MB of memory, but there was no mention of processor speed.
It will supposedly include Wi-Fi, although the final version may not. It will have Bluetooth 1.2, allowing it to use wireless stereo headphones.
The device this person is talking about is being developed for Sprint’s CDMA network, and it will offer support for EV-DO high-speed networks.
According to this rumor, the next Treo will be released by Sprint at the end of 2005 or early next year.
Windows Mobile Treo
Rumors have been circulating for months of a version of the Treo that, instead of the Palm OS, will run Windows Mobile.
While these reports may or may not be true, a picture of this device that has recently been making the rounds of enthusiast web sites is definitely a hoax.
It shows a device labeled Treo 700 and gives some specifications, like 256 MB of RAM, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
It’s surprising that this picture received so much attention, as the Photoshop work isn’t particularly well done and the word “Bluetooth” is misspelled.
And if that weren’t enough, the person who created it has admitted it’s a fake.