Treo 600 May Stick Around Awhile (Updated)

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While palmOne has yet to officially say anything about its next-generation smartphone, this company is expected to announce a replacement for the Treo 600 in the near future. However, there’s a possibility that the current model may not be discontinued.

According to Engadget, the Treo 600 will continue to be sold, but for a lower price.

Quite a few details on the Treo 650 have leaked out, enough to show that this new model will include some of the most-requested features that the Treo 600 lacks, like a HiRes screen and Bluetooth wireless networking. However, the changes are not so radical as to make the Treo 600 instantly obsolete. Both models will use essentially the same form factor and have most of the same features, but the upcoming model will supposedly have a few more “bells and whistles.”

If Engadget‘s rumor is correct, this will help satisfy those who have called for a less expensive Treo. The current model has a retail price of $550. Unfortunately, the source of this information was unaware of what the new price for the Treo 600 might be.

Updated: It has been pointed out that Walter Mossberg said, “Currently, all major carriers sell the Treo 600, which will remain on sale after the 650 is introduced,” in his column in last week’s Wall Street Journal.

In addition, Mossberg also said, “it’s likely that as few as one carrier will have the new model this year.”

What the Rumors Say about the Treo 650

Last month, several pictures and some additional details of palmOne’s next smartphone were leaked to TreoCentral.

According to this source, the Treo 650 will be quite similar to the current Treo in size and shape, but will include a HiRes screen, a better camera, and Bluetooth.

Additional information and a picture of this smartphone are available in this article.

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