Low-Cost Treo Coming Soon

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Many months ago, Palm executives began making references to a less-expensive Treo. Yesterday, this company’s CEO said this device will be launched in the near future.

In a statement talking about his company’s current quarter, Ed Colligan referred to, “two major product launches, one that improves our pricing position and both which extend our carrier relationships to global markets.”

The identity of both of these products is no mystery. Palm revealed over the summer that it will be releasing a new Windows Mobile Treo in Europe, and Vodafone has actually begun taking pre-orders for this device, called the Palm Treo 750v.

The identity of the other model isn’t quite so clear, but it’s close. Rumors have been circulating for months about a device code-named Nitro. This will be another smartphone, but one that runs the Palm OS.

What’s New

Colligan’s recent statement indicates that both of these models will definitely be available outside of the U.S. This must be welcome news, as Palm released a pair of smartphones this year for the American market only.

Palm’s CEO also confirmed that one of these upcoming Treos will, as he said, “improve our pricing position.” That’s a somewhat oblique way of saying that this company intends to release its first low-cost smartphone. Previous Treo have all debuted near the high end of the scale.

According to rumors and speculation, it will be the Palm OS-running Nitro model that will be the less-expensive Treo. However, exactly what this price will be is not yet known.

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