There was a demonstration yesterday by Handspring’s Jeff Hawkins of the next generation Treo smartphone at a Sprint PCS Users Forum. As promised, this device is significantly different from current Treo models in many ways. Most importantly, it will run Palm OS 5 and include a digital camera and an SD slot.
Unlike current Treo models, it will have an SDIO-compatible SD slot. Like many new smartphones, it will have an integrated camera, though the resolution of this is as yet unknown.
A major change is that this device will not have an integrated flip cover. The overall device is narrower than current models but a bit longer. It has an external antenna on its top left.
In addition, the screen is smaller than the ones on previous Treo models. At this point, the screen resolution is apparently 160 by 160 pixels. Its screen was described as being brighter than current ones and better able to be used in sunlight.
It will have either a 1600 mAh or 1800 mAh non-removable battery, which is significantly better than the one in the current Treo models.
The model demonstrated at the Sprint conference will, obviously, run on Sprint’s CDMA networks. However, Handspring has also announced plans to make handhelds for Orange SA, one of Europe’s largest mobile phone companies, so a GSM/GPRS version of this model is also expected.
The Treo 600 is scheduled to be released by Sprint in October.