Sprint Treo Pro Specification Differences
The newly-announced Sprint version of the Palm Treo Pro was rumored a few months ago to include a mixture of both hardware spec improvements and reductions in comparison to its GSM sibling. With the first finalized devices just hitting store shelves, confirmation is making the rounds online about the differing specs between the CDMA and GSM Pros.
Jimmie Geddes of Gadgets on the Go reports that the "new version" of the Sprint Treo Pro with the re-flashed OS has the following memory allocation after a reset and with zero 3rd party applications installed:
Total: 339.36 MB
In Use: 22.26 MB
Free: 317.10 MB
Total 80.54 MB
In use: 35.02 MB
Free: 45.52 MB
This paltry amount of available program memory brings the Treo Pro to market with less available RAM than any previous Windows-Mobile Palm device since the Treo 700w of 2006. Indeed, the CDMA Pro's 45MB free RAM is surpassed by the GSM flavor of the Treo Pro, along with the older 750, 700wx, and the Treo 800w (ironically enough the device the Pro is replacing in Sprint's lineup).
The speculation amongst the Treo community is that that the inclusion of Internet Explorer Mobile 6.1 on the CDMA Pro is the main culprit for the drastically reduced RAM level, as Sprint's Pro marks the first device to officially ship with IEM 6.1 standard. Fortunately, the CDMA Pro does improve on its GSM stable mate in several other aspects with a speed bump in its Qualcomm MSM7201 CPU to 528mhz as well as an 84MB bump in storage memory while addressing the Treo 800w's most glaring flaws such as an undersized battery, lack of 3.5mm headset port, and lack of autonomous GPS functionality. Also of note is the fact that Palm and Sprint do not bundle any earphones or a headset of any kind with the Sprint version of the Pro, despite their inclusion with the GSM Pro and nearly all previous Palm smartphones.
Do note that the above numbers are representative of the market-ready Sprint version of the Treo Pro and not the recalled pre-release ROM version that briefly appeared for sale at some Best Buy locations in January and February that actually had 2MB less program memory. There has also been no word as of this writing if Alltel's version of the Treo Pro is identical to the Sprint version in every spec.
A good summary of the three versions of the Treo Pro (GSM, pre-release CDMA, official release CDMA) can be found on TreoCentral.