Although Palm has already announced that its first non-Palm OS smartphone will be available from Verizon early next year, for some reason this company is being a bit cagey about the name.
Thanks to numerous leaks, it was widely known that this model will be called the Treo 700, but at this point Palm will only refer to it as the Windows Mobile Treo.
This has led to some speculation that Palm might be thinking about changing the name of this device.
However, it appears that this isn’t going to happen, as Verizon has briefly posted an ad for the Treo 700w on its web site (see image at left).
This was quickly removed, but it was up long enough for many people to see it, and to confirm the name.
The Treo 700w is once again listed on Verizon’s web site.
The site gives no additional details on this model, but does have a form that allows people who are interested in this device to be notified when it is available.
User Manual Available
This smartphone received FCC approval back in October, but at that time very few documents were posted on this government agency’s web site.
Recently, this situation has changed, and far more files are available, including the Treo 700w’s user manual.
All this can be found on the FCC web site.
More About the Windows Mobile Treo
The Treo 700w will have 64 MB of storage. Because it runs the latest version of Windows Mobile, this behaves similarly to the NVFS Storage in the Treo 650, and won’t be erased if the device’s battery runs down completely.
It will be a CDMA-based smartphone that supports EV-DO, so it will offer typical download speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps).
The 700w’s design is similar to the Treo 650’s, but is curvier on the bottom. It is also slightly narrower.
This Pocket PC will have a 240-by-240-pixel display, like HP’s most recent smartphones.
Today’s announcement didn’t reveal every detail on this smartphone. The speed of its Intel processor is not known, nor the capacity of its swappable battery.
Pricing and Availability
The Windows Mobile Treo will be available exclusively from Verizon Wireless early next year.
The price wasn’t announced, but Palm warned that this device, because it has an EV-DO radio, is likely to be more expensive than the Treo 650.
It is not yet known when versions of this smartphone will be available from other wireless carriers.
However, Palm said that a Windows Mobile Treo with support for GSM/GPRS networks will not be available earlier than the second half of 2006.
Thanks to Engadget and Armando Prugue for the tips.