PDA News – iPaq 6500 photos, PalmOne price drops, Verizon Treo sighted

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Genuine iPaq 6500 photos surface

More photos have come to light of the upcoming iPAQ hw6500 PocketPC phones. Unlike the previous images, these are traditional photos rather than renderings or publicity shots. This means that they offer considerably more sense of scale and feel.



PalmOne drops list price on Zire 31, Treo 600

PalmOne has reduced the suggested retail prices on the Zire 31 and Treo 600 from $149 and $349 to $129 and $299 respectively. While in the past, price drops have often proceeded a replacement of the models in question, this is more likely to be a retuning of their lineup, as well as a bid to clear out back inventory of the Treo 600 before it becomes hopelessly outdated.

Verizon ad for Treo 650 sighted

A user on TreoCentral’s forum claims that they got a look at, and photos of, an advertising placard for Verizon Wireless’ upcoming release of the Treo 650. The user posted the photos on the TreoCentral forum, however they seem to have been removed since then.

The story gets stranger when you consider the fact that the reputed Verizon ad had at least three crucial facts wrong. the Treo 650 does not have a 1 megapixel camera, it does not have Internet Explorer, and it certainly doesn’t have dual LCDs. Perhaps Verizon’s marketing department confused the Treo with the Samsung i645 Windows smartphone that’s due out some time later this year on Verizon.


Rumored release for Samsung i730

We’ve seen reported release dates for the i730 PocketPC turn up dry before, but the current word on the street is that Verizon may launch the new Bluetooth/WiFi/EVDO Treo competitor some time within the next one to two weeks. That said, Samsung has a terrible record for vaporware phones. Which is a shame, since the i730 actually looks somewhat entertaining.



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