At this point, a great deal is known about Palm’s first Windows Mobile smartphone, the Treo 700w. Still, a few critical details remain a mystery
The device was announced months ago, and rumors have filled in many of the details Palm didn’t want to reveal, including the fact that this model will almost certainly be introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show early next month.
But there are a few vital facts that are known… until now. Someone has leaked one of these — the price.
For many months, this Pocket PC will be available only from Verizon Wireless. And, according to a post on HowardForums, it will cost $500 with a two-year contract.
This is the lowest possible price. With a one-year contract it will go up to $550, and it will be $620 for those who aren’t signing a new contract at all.
When this smartphone was formally unveiled, Palm warned that it would cost more than its sister model, the Treo 650, did at its launch. This is because the 700w will be the first model from this company to offer EV-DO.
This means it will it will be able to supply typical data transfer speeds of 400 to 700 kilobits per second (kbps). That’s well above any other Treo.
Still Not Known
Neither rumors nor Palm have yet revealed every detail on this smartphone.
The speed of its Intel processor is not known, nor the capacity of its swappable battery.
Still, the post on HowardForums did say that the Treo 700w will offer 4.6 hours of use time, or 360 hours in standby mode.
More About the Windows Mobile Treo
This Pocket will have 64 MB of storage. Because it runs the latest version of Windows Mobile, this will behave similarly to the NVFS Storage in the Treo 650, and won’t be erased if the device’s battery runs down completely.
It will be a CDMA-based smartphone that, as previously mentioned, supports EV-DO.
This Pocket PC will have a 240-by-240-pixel display, like HP’s most recent Windows Mobile smartphones.
Those considering buying this device should be aware that Palm has said that a similar model Treo with support for GSM/GPRS networks will not be available earlier than the second half of 2006.
Thanks to wolwol for the tip.