Handspring Treo Released in Hong Kong, Singapore

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Handspring Treo Released in Hong Kong, Singapore
Date: 2002-01-31

Singapore, Jan. 31, 2002 — (MobileVillage) — Handspring, Inc. (Nasdaq:HAND) has announced retail availability of the company’s new integrated wireless devices, the Treo 180 and 180g, to customers in Singapore and Hong Kong. Treo is a compact device that combines the functions of a mobile phone and a handheld computer with Web browsing and text messaging.

Treo is currently available in two versions: the Treo 180, featuring a built-in keyboard for text input, and the Treo 180g for those who prefer Graffiti text input. The product is designed for anyone who carries multiple mobile devices — phones, pagers or handheld computers — and is looking for a way to combine devices.

Treo is small, measuring 11 x 6.9 x 1.8 centimeters and weighing 147 grams, but its flip-open design makes possible a relatively large screen for Web page viewing and text messaging. The Treo has a rechargeable battery, speaker, antenna, and four buttons: PhoneBook, Date Book Plus, short messaging service (SMS), and one that automatically launches Handspring’s BlazerWeb microbrowser, which provides full Web content. The steel-blue colored Treo features a rocker switch for easy one-handed navigation, speakerphone capability and compatibility to GPRS.

Operating on the Palm OS, the Treo features an integrated dual-band GSM radio module developed by Wavecom for voice and data communications (900/1800 MHz in Asia), 16 MB of memory, a fast 33 MHz Motorola Dragonball processor, a rechargeable lithium ion battery, a travel charger with HotSync cable, and a headset for hands-free phone use. The battery provides approximately 2.5 hours of talk time and 60 hours of standby time. Both new products have a 4-bit gray scale display rendering 160 x 160 pixels. Handspring will offer accessories including belt clips and car chargers.

Treo comes with Palm Desktop software to synchronize PIM data between the user’s desktop and communicator. A software link to Microsoft Outlook is included for Windows users to synchronize data between Treo and Outlook. Third party software (sold separately) is available to synchronize Treo with other desktop PIM software such as Notes, ACT! and Goldmine. Current Palm OS device users can easily update their Palm Desktop software and transfer their existing data to Treo with the included Handspring CD-ROM.

In Hong Kong, Treo can be purchased for HKD 4380.00 at both SmarTone operator stores and select IT outlets. In Singapore, Treo can be purchased for SD 968.00 (with a two year service plan) at SingTel retail locations and select IT stores.

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