Mobile Tech News – Treo “Hollywood” photos, Treo push email, Axim dead?

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Photos, report on upcoming Treo smartphone

We’ve been hearing all about the upcoming Treo 700p for some time, but now there’s another Treo sighted waiting in the wings. A user on TreoCentral has posted photos and initial impressions of what appears to be a thinner Treo device, possibly the rumored “Hollywood.”

As has been speculated, the device runs on Windows Mobile 5.0. According to the user, the model in the photograph is GSM, and features UMTS 3G broadband data. It features 128 MB of flash memory, 64 MB of RAM, a 300 MHz processor (presumably the 312 MHz PXA270), 240 x 240 screen, and 1.3 megapixel camera. He also reported speeds of approximately 530 Kbits per second on Cingular’s UMTS network.

While it’s difficult to assess the validity of photos which are of such low quality, there are indications of a Palm unique serial number on the device, which would appear to lend it credibility. It’s also known that Palm intends to launch at least two other Treos this year besides the 700 series. The “Hollywood” is rumored to be a thinner, lighter GSM unit intended to help break into the European market, although it would likely launch here in the US as well on Cingular’s 3G network.


Treo 700w likely to get push email on or about April 26

Speaking of Treos, Palm Inc. is hosting an online event April 26 entitled “Direct Push Technology Now Available On The Treo 700w Smartphone from Verizon Wireless.” This has led many to the conclusion that the promised Messaging & Security Features Pack for Windows Mobile 5 will be deployed by Palm on, or shortly before, the 26th of this month. This pack is what enables WM5 devices to receive push email from Exchange SP2 servers.


Report: Dell to desist making new handhelds

Rumors are swirling throughout the net at this hour, after a remark on an online TV show claiming that Dell was not planning to release any more new handhelds was republished by major sites including enthusiast forum AximSite.

You may recall that we originally made mention of a similar rumor back in January when it first appeared. At the time, Dell issued a non-statement about the future of the Axim line and left it at that.

The new report out of “DigitalLifeTV” claims that Dell is not dropping their handheld line, they’re simply not making any new ones, a statement which could be interpreted (or misinterpreted) a number of different ways. One is that the company has no further plans for the market, period. Two is that the company is going to switch to smartphones. And three is that the company simply doesn’t have any new releases scheduled in the immediate future — not an unreasonable assumption, given that there remains nothing on the market that significantly beats their lineup.

Is Dell going to shut down their handheld line? We don’t know. It’s far too early to take silence as an indication — Dell usually plays their cards close to the proverbial chest until the fall, even assuming they continue to follow their existing schedule. Draw whatever conclusion you like from the reports, but there’s currently too little evidence to assert a withdrawal from the market as being a solid fact. So, as before, we must wait and see.




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