Treo 700w Will Be Released in January

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When Palm officially announced the first Windows Mobile Treo, it would only say that this smartphone will be available early next year.

Handango has narrowed this down quite a bit.

This online handheld software retailer has sent an email to developers that says the Treo 700w will be launched in early January.

It didn’t give an exact date, but it’s probably not a coincidence that the gigantic Consumer Electronic Show will be starting January 5. Companies frequently introduce new products at CES.

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.

Windows Mobile Treo This model will have Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, but not built-in WiFi. Still, users will have option of using a WiFi SD card.

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.

Palm hasn’t yet revealed every detail on this smartphone. The speed of its Intel processor is not known, nor the capacity of its swappable battery.

Pricing and Availability

Initially, the Treo 700 will be available exclusively from Verizon Wireless.

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.

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.

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