Although there has yet to be an official announcement, it has been pretty clear for a while that Palm, Inc. is going to release its first smartphone running not the Palm OS, but Windows Mobile 5.0.
Update: Any remaining doubts should now be gone, as Palm, Microsoft, and Verizon have announced they will hold press conference at noon EST on Monday.
Although the purpose for this has not been announced, it has been widely assumed that Palm CEO Ed Colligan and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will be there to talk about the Windows Mobile Treo.
A Sneak Peek
In addition, an Engadget reporter was able to spend several hours with a Treo 700w.
In addition to confirming its existence, many more details on this upcoming smartphone are now known.
This Treo 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.
The 700w’s design is similar to the Treo 650’s, but is curvier on the bottom. It is also slightly narrower.
It appears that this Pocket PC will have a 240-by-240-pixel display, like HP’s most recent smartphones.
It has a 1 megapixel camera.
The Treo 700w clearly bears the Verizon logo, so it seems virtually certain it will be available from this carrier first. This might signal a change in business policy, as previous Treos have been offered first by Sprint.
What We Don’t Know
There are still a few details about this smartphone that aren’t known yet.
The processor speed is one of them, and the capacity of its swappable battery is another.
What it will cost and when it will be released are also mysteries, although some rumors have indicated that it will debut before the end of this year.
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