Handspring held a launch party in New York this week for the Treo 600, which will be available next month. At this event, four wireless carriers announced they would be offering this Palm OS smart phone.
The Treo 600 is a major upgrade and redesign of Handspring’s smart phone line. It offers the latest version of the Palm OS and more memory in a smaller casing. It will also include a camera and an SD slot.
It was already known that Sprint PCS would carry the Treo 600. This week, Cingular, AT&T Wireless, and T-Mobile declared they would also make it available to their customers.
treocentral.com is reporting that Sprint will begin offering this smart phone on October 13 for $399, T-Mobile will also begin carrying in October 13, while Cingular expects begin offering it on October 20 for $549 before rebates, with the final cost expected to be $449.
Current Treo owners will qualify for a $100 rebate off the cost of a Treo 600.
A 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 the new one will be even smaller. It will have a 160-by-160 pixel color screen. The new models will be significantly smaller than their predecessors at 4.41 by 2.36 by .87 inches. The casing design and coloration will vary between service providers.