There’s been a lot of speculation concerning the cheaper Treo that’s been rumored to be in the works for some time. Referred to as the “Lowrider,” no solid information is known, not even whether it really exists. But we’ve now got pictures to go with the rumors, courtesy of Treonauts.
While the images have been heavily compressed, therefore degrading their quality and minimizing any evidence, there are a number of clues which lead me to think that these photos are not fake, but not quite what they’re said to depict either.
The device pictured is essentially a clone of the Treo 650, with no wholly original parts. For each new Treo model, Palm has consistently performed small redesigns, with no two devices looking exactly alike. The reuse of old designs is a red flag of something being not kosher with the image.
More significantly, the device doesn’t have a unique ID number, nor any place where such a number was obscured or erased. All of Palm Inc.’s pre-release models are assigned an individual code, which is engraved onto the front and back casing of the device, to prevent just this sort of impromptu photo session. It seems highly suspicious that they would conveniently forget to do so in this case.
Whether these pictures are real or not, Lowrider is supposed to be available this summer.