Palm Formally Announces Treo 700wx

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Palm has officially announced the Treo 700wx, a Windows Mobile smartphone that is available exclusively from Sprint PCS in the United States.

As its name suggests, this is an updated version of the Treo 700w, a device that Verizon Wireless has been offering since January of this year. The biggest improvement in Sprint’s version of this smartphone is an increase in the amount of RAM. The 700wx has over 57 MB of space available to the user for holding currently running applications, while the 700w has about 25 MB.

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Aside from this, though, the latest Treo greatly resembles its predecessor. This means it has a tablet design with 240-by-240-pixel touchscreen above a QWERTY keyboard.

The 700wx runs Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC on a 312 MHz processor. It includes 128 MB of built-in, non-volatile storage — about 60 MB of which is user accessible — and a slot for removable SD memory cards.

This CDMA phone supports Sprint’s high-speed EV-DO network. Potential customers should be aware that it doesn’t have a SIM card slot and can’t be used on cellular networks that use the GSM standard.

It includes Bluetooth 1.2 but not Wi-Fi.

Office on the Go

Like all Pocket PCs, the 700wx comes with a suite of productivity applications for handling data like the user’s address book and calendar, plus a web browser.

It comes with Microsoft’s new push email system already installed. This means that those who use Microsoft Exchange 2003 (SP2) can get their messages sent to them as soon as they arrive on the server.

Microsoft’s Office Mobile, which is bundled with this device, lets users work with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Files.

Fun, too

The 700wx offers more than just business functions. It includes a 1.3 megapixel camera and the mobile version of Windows Media Player. This can play music in a variety of formats, plus it supports streaming audio and video.

It comes with a couple of games, plus many more are available from third-party developers.

This smartphone has a swappable, rechargeable battery. According to Palm, this is good for up to 5 hours talk time and more than 300 hours standby time .

Pricing and Availability

The Treo 700wx’s base price is $650, but this goes down $150 when signing a new, 2-year contract.

This smartphone can be ordered now from either Palm’s web site or Sprint’s web site.

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