While Palm, Inc. has promised to unveil a new smartphone on Wednesday, it hasn’t given any information on this model. Despite this, the details of this new model are slipping out.
For example, the invitation to the press conference at which this device will be announced gives some strong hints about it. It comes from Palm, Microsoft, and Vodafone. So whatever this model is, it’s clearly going to run Windows Mobile and be released by Vodafone.
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Say Hello to the Treo 500
Early this summer, pictures and a few details appeared of an upcoming model from Palm that is supposedly code-named Gandolf. One version of this device running the Garnet OS is being introduced by Sprint as the Palm Centro, but another supposedly runs Windows Mobile 6 Standard. If true, this will be Palm’s first model without a touchscreen.
A picture of this smartphone with a Vodafone logo showed up months ago, and another appeared today in leaked version of an advertisment from a European retailer. (See image at right). This ad indicates that Palm’s next smartphone will be the called the Treo 500.
The text of this ad says, in Dutch, "With the Palm Treo 500 you can stay connect the way you wish. It combines phone, email, messaging, Web, and Windows Mobile with Palm extras so you can stay productive a lot more easier. Receive email from various business and personal accounts. Go on the Web wherever you are standing using high-speed 3G networks. Or relax and listen to your favorite music, play videoclips, or make and send pictures."
There’s no word yet on what this smartphone will cost.