The Latest on the Treo 650

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It has been known for some time that palmOne plans to release an updated version of its Treo 600 in the near future, and a good number of details and pictures of this device have slipped out already.

Now, someone who was given a brief opportunity to try out the Sprint PCS version of the Treo 650 has posted a large number of pictures of it in the TreoCentral forums.

Many of the images are blurry, but they are good enough to confirm many of the features this model has long been expected to have, including a 320-by-320-pixel (HiRes) screen and Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.

Treo 650 Unlike its predecessor’s, the Treo 650’s battery will be swappable.

Not all of the news is good. These pictures show that this unit has only 20.6 MB of RAM. Of course, each wireless carrier will offer a slightly different version of this smartphone, and it’s possible other versions will have more RAM. Nevertheless, the Treo 650 is expected to top out at 32 MB of RAM.

It will also use Palm OS Garnet, not Palm OS Cobalt, which is the latest version of this operating system.

Sprint users might be interested to note that this unit has a different coloration from the previous pictures of the Treo 650 that have leaked out.

And, of course, these pictures act as a confirmation that the Treo 650 will be available from Sprint. Still, this isn’t surprising, as Sprint was the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer the Treo 600.

Additional Details

According to previous rumors, the new model’s built-in camera will be better than the Treo 600’s. It will be a 1.3 megapixel camera capable of taking both still images and video.

This source didn’t say what the processor speed of this device would be, but previous rumors have said that it will use a 312 MHz processor.

Like the Treo 600, the upcoming model will have an SD slot. In addition, the new model will reportedly be able to use some of the SDIO peripherals now on the market.

Both GSM/GPRS and CDMA versions of this smartphone are expected to debut sometime this fall, possibly as early as tomorrow.

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