Late last month, Palm said it plans to introduce a new Treo smartphone in Europe this fall that will replace the Treo 650. Now, what are supposed to be a picture and some specifications of this device have appeared on several web sites.
According to this source, this smartphone will run Windows Mobile 5.0, not the Palm OS as its predecessor does. If true, this will make it the second Windows Mobile Treo to be introduced and the first running this operating system to be available outside of the United States.
This model will reportedly be part of the Treo 700 series but currently uses the code-name Groovy2.
The picture shows a smartphone that greatly resembles previous Treos, but that lacks the unpopular antenna that these models have sported. In addition, according to the source of this rumor, this device will be significantly lighter than other members of the Treo 700 series.
Reportedly, this Treo will debut in Europe in September.
Update 1: Palm and Vodafone have confirmed that a Windows Mobile-based Treo will be coming to Europe sometime before the end of this year. Read more in this article.
Update 2: Despite what this article said earlier, this model will have a built-in keyboard, even if it doesn’t appear in the picture.
A Grain of Salt
As always, people should keep in mind that this is only a rumor, and could easily turn out to be incorrect or even a hoax.