RumorMill™: New Handspring Model Due This Summer

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While it several companies will probably be introducing new models this month, it looks like Handspring won’t be one of them. According to The Register, the company’s next model won’t be available until this Summer.

Little is known about this device, other than it will be “a major redesign” from the current Treo models. However, it is a safe assumption that this will be a smartphone of some kind, as that is what Handspring is focused on making.

This is a timely upgrade as some of the technology used in the Treo 270 and 300 is becoming dated. While these models can access the fastest available wireless networks, they are a bit weak as handhelds. They use Palm OS 3.5, while the latest version is OS 5. They also have 12-bit, 160 by 160 pixel screens, while other high-end handhelds offer 16-bit, 320 by 320 pixel ones.

They also face some stiff competition from other smartphones, even within the Palm OS realm. For example, the Kyocera 7135 offers an SD slot and a built-in MP3 player, which the Treos don’t.

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