A few months ago, a rumor went around that palmOne is going to develop a Windows Mobile version of the Treo that will be sold by Dell.
Now, someone has several pictures of what might be this device.
These pictures, which were posted in TreoCentral’s Forums, definitely show a pre-production Treo, but it isn’t clear whether this device is actually running Windows Mobile.
The person who posted the pictures says there is no doubt that this is a Pocket PC that has somehow slipped out of High Tech Computer, the Taiwanese company that manufactures the other Treo models for palmOne.
The device, which is supposedly going to be called the Treo 670, has only 32 MB of RAM, but the source of the pictures didn’t have many other details, like screen resolution and processor speed. However, he did describe the device’s performance as sluggish.
A Brighthand reader who works for an important Dell customer reports recently being told by a Dell representative that his company is working with palmOne on a cellular-wireless Pocket PC.
However, the Dell representative reportedly went on to say that the developers were having problems with stability and Bluetooth. Therefore this device can’t be expected anytime soon.
In early November, a stock analyst from Needham & Co. said that palmOne “tacitly admitted” that it is developing a member of its Treo line that will run Windows Mobile for Smartphones.
Later that month, the rumor went around that palmOne is working on a Treo-type smartphone for Dell.
palmOne disputes both of these reports, but says that it is “open to evaluating products using additional operating systems if doing so would grow the marketplace or otherwise meet customer needs that currently are not addressed.”
Still, the company’s basic feeling is that “the Palm OS today has the best combination of power, ease of use, user interface, and flexibility to innovate on top of the OS.”