On 1 July, Europe’s Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation went into effect. The goal of this is to protect human health and the environment by restricting the use of hazardous substances by manufacturers.
Palm, Inc. admitted last week that the original version of the Treo 650 does not meet the RoHS rules, and therefore this company won’t be shipping any more of these smartphones to Europe, according to The Register.
Still, Palm said it has already sent enough Treo 650s to meet demand until it can start shipping a successor for this smartphone that is RoHS-compliant sometime this fall.
Not surprisingly, the company declined to give any details on this device.
What the Rumors Say
According to recent rumors, Palm is developing two Treo smartphones that could be used in Europe. These two models, code-named the Lennon and Nitro, will use the GSM/GPRS standard.
These will be similar to previous Treos, as they use the same basic form-factor as previous models, a candybar design with a screen above a keyboard. However, there is one significant change: they will be the first in this line to not need an external antenna.
Supposedly, the Lennon will be a more full-featured smartphone, while the Nitro will be a less-expensive device.
More information on these upcoming models is available in this article.