Handspring Treo 600 Getting Closer
The Treo 600 is nearing release. Due sometime in the fall, the highly anticipated Smartphone will come in both GSM and CDMA flavors. The FCC has recently granted both devices approval, marking an important milestone towards release. Read on for further information and an inside look at the Treo 600.
The FCC filing does not provide much in terms of new information, but does include a few new pictures of the Smartphone. The pictures reveal some subtle differences between the GSM and CDMA versions. The CDMA version has a darker shaded grey exterior, a slightly more pronounced top and weighs just more than an ounce more than its GSM counterpart. The pictures also show a leather case and hands-free kit, which will likely come with the smartphone.
Aero GSM/GPRS transceiver
Silicon Laboratories has announced that Handspring has selected the Aero GSM/GPRS transceiver for the Treo 600. The Aero transceiver was selected by Handspring due to its small size, ease-of-use and reliable performance. The Aero transceiver product family reduces component count up to 85 percent and board space by 75 percent when compared to competing solutions, making it the most integrated multi-band GSM/GPRS transceiver available today.
Electric Pocket's Designs the MMS Architecture
Electric Pocket has announced it was selected by Handspring to develop a standards compliant multi-media messaging service (MMS) solution for the Treo 600 smartphone. Handspring's new MMS application, which will be based upon Electric Pocket's popular Pixer MMS foundation.
TreoCentral has posted a series of images of the built in tutorials found on the Treo 600. The pictures give a good preview of some of the Treo 600's new functionality.
About the Treo 600
The Treo 600 runs Palm OS 5.2.1 with a 144 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. It will have a 160x160 pixel color screen, 32MB of RAM and a SD/MMC/SDIO expansion slot. There is also a Five-way navigation dial for one handed operation. The Treo 600 has a built-in digital camera (640 x 480 VGA), so you can take and send pictures or connect a face to a phone number with picture caller ID. It will also feature a dual speaker architecture for high-quality phone and system audio.
It will have a large capacity 1800 mAh rechargeable Lithium Ion battery for up to six hours talk time (GSM); or up to five hours talk time (CDMA); and about two weeks organizer use for both versions.
Pricing is not known but is expected to be in the $400 - $500 range, with the actual price determined by the each carrier. Treo 600 series products are expected to come at a price premium relative to current Treo offerings, and Handspring plans to offer a compelling upgrade incentive for owners of current wireless Treo products. The phone will be available though Handspring's web site and Sprint PCS in the US and Orange SA throughout Europe in the fall. Other carriers are expected to be announced later.
In addition the FCC filing also included some interesting images some of the internal circuitry or "guts" of the Treo 600. Some of which we have posted below.
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