Handspring began taking orders today for the Treo 600. This Palm OS smart phone is the last product the company will release before it becomes a part of palmOne.
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 also includes a camera and an SD slot.
As of right now, this device is available only from Sprint PCS and can only be ordered on the Handspring web site, where it costs $449. Sprint itself will start taking orders in a few days. Handspring expects Cingular Wireless and T-Mobile to begin offering the Treo 600 later this month. It also expects service from AT&T Wireless to be available soon.
For a limited time, those who already own a Treo 180, 270, or 300 can purchase the latest model through Handspring for $399.
Though it is already taking orders, Handspring says customers who order these device today won’t receive them for about a week.
An Overview of the Treo 600
The Treo 600 is actually the name for a whole series of new smart phones from Handspring. This includes 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 combines the features of a wireless handheld and a mobile phone.
The Treo 600 series runs Palm OS 5.2.1 on a 144 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. It has 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 offering it.
This is an almost complete redesign of the Treo line. Like previous Treo models, the Treo 600 series includes an integrated mini keyboard, though the new one is even smaller. It has a 160-by-160 pixel color screen. The new models are significantly smaller than their predecessors at 4.41 by 2.36 by .87 inches. The casing design and coloration will vary between service providers.
Handspring’s Last Product
Palm Inc. announced in June it was going to acquire Handspring. This will be part of an almost complete reorganization of the the company. Palm Inc. is currently made up of two divisions: PalmSource, a subsidiary responsible for developing and licensing the Palm operating system, and the Palm Solutions Group, a business unit responsible for designing, making and marketing Palm-branded handhelds.
PalmSource will be spun off as a separate company later this year. Handspring will merge with the remaining part of Palm. This company will go by the name palmOne, and will continue to develop the Treo line.