We’ve known about the new Palm Treo Pro for a few days now, so it’s not too much of a surprise: Palm has officially announced the Treo Pro.
Palm looks to take on BlackBerry handsets with the Treo Pro and they aren’t being very shy about it. Palm’s vice president of marketing Brodie Keast says that they’ve “chosen to partner with Microsoft to compete effectively with [BlackBerry maker] RIM.”
At the same time, Keast says that there is plenty of room in the smartphone market for both companies to grow saying that “even with the growth in this market, 90 percent of the market doesn’t have a smartphone. It doesn’t make sense to fight over the 10 percent…we want to reach out to people who don’t have a smartphone, not people who already love RIM.”
So…they’re taking on RIM, but not taking on RIM I guess is the [mixed] message.
The Treo Pro will be available in September in Europe via Vodafone and O2, in Australia via Telstra, and the US directly from the Palm store.
Pricing on Vodafone, O2 and Telstra will vary and in some cases will be free with a new contract. In the US it will be unlocked and unsubsidized for $549. I would expect some US carrier to pick it up and subsidize the price a bit but no official word on that yet.
More carriers will be announced down the road for the South American and Asian markets.
Check out the new video below to see the Treo Pro in action and to hear some palm executives pitching it:
Looks like more official info on Palm’s upcoming Treo Pro smartphone is coming our way on the 21st but that hasn’t stopped more info from leaking out.
According to new info the Treo Pro will include:
- Windows Mobile 6.1
- One-touch Wi-Fi button
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Tri-band WCDMA
- High-resolution flush color touchscreen
Check out a video of the Treo Pro in action below:
Aside from the images that leaked the other day of the upcoming Palm Treo Pro not much was known feature wise, but a few more details have since come out.
Though this isn’t official info from Palm it looks like the Treo Pro will include:
- HTC task manager
- Comm Manager’s Airplane Mode
- microSD card with support for up to 32GB under battery cover (though not under the battery itself)
- 1500mh battery
- 400MHz CPU
- 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM
- 320 x 320 touchscreen
- Quad-band GSM, tri-band HSDPA
- 2 megapixel camera
Meet the new Treo Pro (formerly thought to be the Treo 850), a new smartphone coming from Palm that…looks a lot like other Palm devices, but is shiny and black.
The Treo Pro will be a Windows Mobile device that appears to have what you’d expect from a Treo–touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, stylus, built-in camera, etc. Exact specs aren’t out yet but some basic info can be seen in presentation screenshots and a couple of pics.
Since technically we’re not supposed to know about the Treo Pro yet there isn’t any pricing or release info available just yet but I’d guess that info can’t be far behind.
Is it me? I’m having trouble getting excited about this at all. Just another Treo, just another Windows Mobile handset.
Maybe it will prove me wrong when it gets released.
Palm’s latest Treo smartphone, the Treo 800w, is now available from Sprint at their online store.
Features of the 800w include:
- Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system
- 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
- EVDO rev. A
- Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and stereo Bluetooth
- microSDHC card slot supporting up to 8GB cards
- 2 megapixel camera able to capture video
The 800w will set you back $249.99 after $250 in instant savings and a $100 mail-in rebate after signing a new 2-year agreement.
For more info check out the product page here.
If you are in the market for an inexpensive cellphone but want more than just a basic model, the price of the Palm Centro with AT&T has dropped $30.
Now, after rebates and signing a new two-year contract with AT&T, the Centro can be yours for $70.
I can’t say I’m a fan of Palm devices lately, but if you’re in the market for an inexpensive smartphone it might be worth checking out.
The Palm OS user interface…pretty straight forward but more or less the same since around the beginning of time (for Palm, anyway).
User interface designer Matias Duarte, the man behind the look and feel of both Sidekick and Helio devices, left Helio late last year along with his design team and headed for Palm where they have been working on the user interface for Palm’s next OS.
The next Palm OS isn’t expected until early 2009 and that’s not a whole lot of time for Duarte and team to make things ready to compete against the likes of the iPhone, BlackBerry, HTC TouchFLO and Google Android interfaces not to mention the hardware that runs them.
Maybe the best way to compete with players like those is no to–stick to the lower-end of the market and make touchscreen handsets that target $199 or less but still offer some of the features the higher-end devices have. In other words, stick with Centro’s but throw in a new form factor, new look and new feature or two.
We’ll see, I guess.
Another quarter, another loss reported for Palm.
Despite hot sales for their Centro smartphone, the once proud PDA maker reported a year-over-year change from a net gain of $15.4 million in spring 2007 to a $43.4 million loss a in spring 2008.
Palm is hoping their upcoming Treo models like the 800w for Sprint and Verizon and the 850 for AT&T can help turn things around, but I’m not so sure.
I don’t remember the last time Palm did something revolutionary but that’s what they need to do to survive–Samsung, Apple, LG, and RIM have all passed them in terms of innovation and customers satisfaction.
I hate to say this, but if they’d released the Foleo and made it independent from the Treo, it could have been strong competition for other UMPC’s like the Asus Eee PC and opened up the company to playing in a new market with new possibilities.
Sure, when times are tough you need to focus on your core competencies and do them well, but it seems they can’t so maybe it’s time to expand or fade away for good?
The next Palm Treo, dubbed 800w, will finally be released in July on Sprint’s network.
Features of the 800w will include:
- Windows Mobile 6.1 OS
- 256MB of ROM, 128MB of RAM
- 1.3 megapixel camera
- Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
- LCD with 320 x 320 resolution
Corporate customers will be able to get their hands on it on July 9th, while consumers will have to wait until July 13th.
Without signing a contract it will set you back $599.