It’s not really a surprise, but Verizon Wireless has committed to offering the palmOne Treo 650, the latest smartphone from palmOne.
However, the wireless carrier has not revealed some important details about this device, like when it will be available and how much it will cost.
A new page on the Verizon web site gives a brief description of this smartphone, and gives people the opportunity to be notified when the device is available.
It’s unfortunate, but not surprising, that Verizon is not supporting Dial-Up Networking (DUN) via Bluetooth on its version of the Treo 650. This means that it can’t be used as a wireless modem for other devices, like a laptop.
What little information that is available can be found on the Verizon Wireless web site.
An Overview of the Treo 650
The Treo 650 is an updated version of palmOne popular Treo 600. It addresses many of the complaints people had about the original version.
In addition, the new model includes Bluetooth wireless networking, so it works with wireless headsets.
Also, the Treo 650 has a swappable battery, another popular feature the original model lacked.
Despite these changes, the Treo 650 is quite similar to the current Treo 600 in size and shape.
It is 4.4 inches tall, 2.3 inches wide, and 0.9 inches thick (113 by 59 by 23 mm) and weighs 6.3 ounces (178 grams).
Like the Treo 600, the new model has an SD slot. It still isn’t clear whether palmOne will eventually allow the Treo 650 to use its Wi-Fi SD card; at this point it can not.
The new model’s built-in camera is capable of taking both still images and video. Maximum resolution is 640 by 480 pixels for photos or 352 by 288 pixels for videos.
In the U.S., the Treo 650 is already being offered by Sprint and Cingular. In Europe, both Orange in and Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) are carrying it.
Thanks to Treonauts for the tip.