It’s still just a rumor, but some details have emerged on two Treo smartphones coming later this year to Cingular Wireless.
According to a document obtained by Engadget, these models are codenamed Lennon and Nitro.
In some ways these devices are similar to previous devices, as they use the same basic form-factor as previous Treos, a candybar design with a screen above a keyboard. However, there is one significant change: they will be the first in this line to not need an external antenna.
Users of GSM/GPRS networks beyond Cingular will surely be happy about this news, because these will supposedly be the first non-CDMA Treos to be introduced in years.
However, there are some significant differences between these two upcoming smartphones.
In the information leaked to Engadget is correct, the first of these will run Windows Mobile 5.0 and have support for EDGE and the even faster wireless networking standard UMTS.
In a very surprising move, it appears that the Lennon will have built-in Wi-Fi.
Beyond the fact that it will have a 1.3 megapixel camera, no additional details are known about this smartphone.
Even less is known about the other device supposedly coming from Palm, the Nitro. The only details leaked on it are that it will have a 1.3 megapixel camera and the very low-resolution image shows that it is running the Palm OS.
According to to this report both the Lennon and the Nitro will be introduced in October of this year.
How Likely Is This?
Whenever a new rumor emerges, it’s always a good idea to evaluate whether it’s likely to be true or not. Based on the available evidence, this one seems quite probable.
Several months ago, Palm’s CEO announced that his company would be coming out with four new Treo models this year. So far it has released two of these, the 700w and 700p. So there’s no reason to be surprised that there are two more Treos coming to Cingular.
Also, the person who leaked this information to Engadget has been a reliable source of information in the past.
Still, as with all rumors, it is important to keep in mind that this information is just that, a rumor. It could easily turn out to be incorrect.