palmOne’s Treo 650 smartphone has been launched in Canada.
It is available from Rogers Wireless, and supports this carrier’s EDGE network.
This smartphone can be purchased through the Rogers Wireless web site. The price is $550 CAD when purchased with a three-year voice and data contract.
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 keyboard below the screen.
The Treo 650 will support Rogers Wireless’ MyMail wireless email service — a new service launching in April that will be included at no charge for customers who subscribe to any of this carrier’s data plans. It will give users wireless access, real-time, non-browser based, and fully synchronized push email, calendar, and contacts. A secure, behind the firewall, server-based solution also will be available for larger corporate customers.
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 can not.
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.
The device being offered by Rogers Wireless is a GSM/GPRS quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) world phone.
As previously mentioned, the Treo 650 supports EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution), which means its average data transfer speed is around 135 kilobits per second (kbps), noticeably faster than regular GSM/GPRS networks.