Reportedly, the wireless carrier Orange SA may begin offering the Treo 600 smart phone in Europe as early as next week.
When Handspring first unveiled the Treo 600 in June, it said Orange SA would be one of the carriers that would offer it. However, the two companies declined to say when it would be available. According to The Register, Orange’s launch of this smart phone is “imminent,” and could even be next week.
If this information is correct, it would mark the world debut of the Treo 600. However, while Orange SA may be the first, it soon won’t be the only wireless service provider to carry it. Handspring has already said Sprint PCS is expected to begin offering it in the U.S. next month. There’s also an online petition urging Verizon to offer this device.
Overview of the Treo 600
The Treo 600 is actually the name for a whole series of new smart phones from Handspring. This will include both CDMA and GSM/GPRS versions. The most important changes include the move to Palm OS 5, the addition of a digital camera and an SD slot, and a significant redesign. As a smart phone, it will combine the features of a wireless handheld and a mobile phone.
The Treo 600 series will run Palm OS 5.2.1 on a 144 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. It will have 32 MB of RAM, of which 22 MB to 25 MB will be available to the user, depending on the set-up chosen by the wireless providers that will be offering it.
This will be an almost complete redesign of the Treo line. Like previous Treo models, the Treo 600 series will include an integrated mini keyboard, though this one will be even smaller. It will have a 160-by-160 pixel color screen. The new models will be significantly smaller at 4.41 by 2.36 by .87 inches.
It is expected to cost between $400 and $500.