Rumor: Details on the Color, CDMA Treo
An anonymous source has come forward with full details on the the CDMA version of the Treo that Handspring will release before the end of June. Because it will run on Sprint's 3G network, it will have a much higher data rate than the current Treo models. It will have a 16-bit color screen. At this time it looks like there will only be a keyboard version available.
It will run Palm OS 3.5.2H on a 33 MHz Dragonball VZ processor. It has 16 MB of RAM, the same as the other Treo models.
The casing is 4.5 by 2.75 by 1 inches at thickest. It is a silver-gray color.
It has a built-in speakerphone and jog wheel. It does not include any type of expansion memory slot. It comes with a headset, and, of course, a stylus.
The currently available member of the Treo line, the 180, has a version with a built-in keyboard and no Graffiti area, and one that has no keyboard and depends on Graffiti for text input. The new one appears to drop the Graffiti option altogether
Of course, the main feature of this model is that it can connect to the new wireless network Sprint is expected to launch nationwide in mid-2002, providing faster connections and greater bandwidth for data applications.
The Treo will run at a theoretical max speed of 156 kbps, though the actual user speed will be something around 70 kbps or so. This is still much higher than the GSM version, which has a max speed of 14.4 kbps, and even faster than a landline modem.
Like the other Treo models, Handspring reduced the size of the screen to make the entire package smaller. This screen about 2 inches on a side. The number of pixels hasn't been reduced; it is still 160 by 160.
It has a dual intensity (low/high) backlight, which implies that it is the same type of screen as on the Palm m130. With its backlight on high, the screen is roughly half as bright as a Prism.
The source doesn't have any exact details on battery life. But they said with roughly twelve hours on standby and occasional phone calls, the battery level remained close to 100%.
It comes with Blazer, Treo Mail, SMS, and the standard Palm OS built-in applications.
Last month, Sprint announced that it was working with Handspring to develop a CDMA version of the Treo. Sprint has paid to be the exclusive distributor of this model for an undisclosed period of time
At a conference call earlier this week, Handspring CEO Donna Dubinsky said that the CDMA Treo would be introduced during this financial quarter, which will be over at the end of June. She gave no details, though.
A non-CDMA color version of the Treo will also be released.
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