A roadmap for Vodafone’s 2008 releases, acquired by gadget site BoyGeniusReport, includes listings for new smartphones from Palm and Hewlett-Packard.
Listed only by their code-names, the document reveals at least four new smartphones, including the model popularly expected to be the Treo 800w. However, this is not the only information to be gleaned.
A Smartphone Named "Wanda"
The device referred to as the Palm "Wanda" is a replacement to the Treo 500v, complete with its predecessor’s tri-band GSM radio, virtually guaranteeing that this Windows Mobile Standard device will never see release on this side of the Atlantic. Beyond that oversight, it features 3.6 Mbit HSDPA, Windows Mobile Standard 6.1, and GPS. Availability is listed as September, with a non-contract price of Â£180, or US$350.
Some Surprises After All
Much less expected was the revelation of new devices under the HP brand.
Not a part of the line of new iPAQ smartphones debuted late last year, the HP "Oak" sports a numeric keypad on its front, with a slide-out keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, 7.2 Mbit HSDPA, GPS, and a 1010 mAh battery that’s listed as providing up to 3.5 hours of talk time.
The Oak is also listed for September, with a non-contract price of Â£260 (US$500). It’s unclear whether the Oak will make it to North America in either an unlocked or carrier-approved form, but with the device sporting quad-band GSM, it is a distinct possibility.
The Great Unknowns
The purported roadmap also makes reference to another device called the HP Silver, running Windows Mobile 6 Standard, with a numeric keypad and candybar design. While only a tiny thumbnail view of this model is shown, it’s listed as having Wi-Fi, HSDPA, and GPS, and may launch earlier than the Oak and Wanda, though still in the third quarter. The design appears to be similar to the existing iPAQ 510 Voice Messenger.
Lastly, the Vodafone roadmap lists two planned launches of devices listed only as "Slider" and "Tablet." No brands or manufacturers mentioned, each sporting Wi-Fi, GPS, and HSDPA, in the second quarter of the year.