Late last year, palmOne promised that its latest smartphone, the Treo 650, would debut in Europe in February. Today it technically met that deadline by announcing European availability. However, this smartphone won’t actually be available until early March.
This device will be offered by Orange in the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland. It will be available in Italy through Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM).
The prices these carriers will charge have not been announced.
The Orange version of the Treo 650 will be one of this carrier’s Talk Now phones, so users can have instant access to groups of friends or co-workers at the touch of a dedicated button on the side of the device.
It will come with Orange-specific applications, such as Orange Backup (which allows customers to automatically back up Contacts, SIM data, Calendar, Tasks, Memos, Mail and images wirelessly on a remote server) and Orange Download (which allows users to receive updated software from Orange directly to the device).
The TIM version of the Treo 650 will be able to use this carrier’s EDGE network, which offers significantly higher data transfer speeds than GPRS does.
It will come with the TIM Downloads application, which lets users receive updated software from TIM directly to their devices.
An Overview of the Treo 650
The Treo 650 is palmOne’s latest smartphone, and the company’s new flagship model. As a smartphone, this device has been designed to be both a handheld and a mobile phone in one.
Most users agree that viewing web pages on the Treo 650 is much more satisfying than on typical smartphones because it includes a 320-by-320 pixel display, a much higher resolution than most of its competition.
To make writing email and SMS messages easier, this model has a small QWERTY/AZERTY keyboard below the screen.
In addition, the Treo 650 includes Bluetooth wireless networking, so it works with wireless headsets. It still isn’t clear whether palmOne will eventually allow the Treo 650 to use its Wi-Fi SD card; at this point it cannot.
This smartphone runs Palm OS Garnet (5.4) on a 312 MHz Intel XScale PXA270 processor.
The Treo 650 has only 23 MB of built-in Storage capacity, so the device’s SD card slot is an important feature.
Also, it has an 1,800 mAh swappable battery, which palmOne says is good for up to 6 hours talk time and up to 300 hours standby time.
The Treo 650 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).
This 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.
This device is a GSM/GPRS quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) world phone.
More information is available on the palmOne web site.