We all know about the HP 6500 and 6700 Mobile Messengers coming out this summer / early fall. And potentially a Treo 670 device running Windows Mobile 5.0. Now Business Week reports that Dell will be throwing it’s hat into the fray with a new QWERTY keyboard Axim device as well.
In an article published yesterday on the BusinessWeek.com website the Treo 670 was actually mentioned, which to my knowledge, is the first mainstream media publication that’s now openly talking about the Treo 670:
Meanwhile, Palm is widely believed to be nearing the release of a new version of its Treo smart phone that will break with tradition by running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile instead of the proprietary Palm OS. In fact, pictures of the device, allegedly dubbed the Treo 670, have recently circulated on gadget gossip sites.
But then the article also mentions a Dell device with a keyboard:
Hardware manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ ), Dell (DELL ) and others will accompany the software with a batch of new devices, many sporting their own BlackBerry-like keyboards. HP has on deck the iPaq 6700, and Dell might also be readying its first Axim handheld with a keyboard
It seems like the author is half-speculating here, but there’s likely at least a bit of inside knowledge here. And if nothing else, we can only assume Dell must at least have something cooking because this fall will be a time when we’re expecting something new from them and a Dell Axim with built-in keyboard and possibly some type of cellular communication and most definitely radio (Axim’s have had Wi-Fi for a long time now of course) should pop up.
Microsoft is hoping to leverage new devices from these manufacturers using Windows Mobile 5 to try and steal and eventually take over the market that RIM now dominates with it’s BlackBerry devices. Microsoft Exchange Servers, widely used in corporate email systems, will have push email built in that will work seamlessly with Windows Mobile based devices.
RIM is trying to counter this coming onslaught by promising newer, better devices that incorporate EDGE network communication and have better screens. The news devices from RIM are code-named “Electron”, named after everybody’s favorite sub-atomic sized piece of matter. From the BW article:
Balsillie declined to comment on the rumored “Electron” device or any other forthcoming RIM device. “I will tell you that we have a full slate of new devices for the autumn time frame,” he says.
If nothing else, we’re at least promised some interesting months ahead with new device releases as the mobile communication device market heats up a bit!