New Treo Pro and Treo 800w Accessories Revealed
Last week's Treo Pro announcement focused primarily on Palm's latest handset offering, with little if any attention paid to the usual arsenal of accessories traditionally announced alongside any new Palm device. With Palm's apparent renewed interest and attention to Windows Mobile coming on the heels of their recent duo of high-end WM 6.1-powered Treos, several new accessories have been announced and/or just released.
Sprint Treo 800w smartphone New Accessories:
- 3291WW - VPA Micro USB
- 3404WW - Spare Battery w Charger Micro USB
- 3331WW - Micro USB to 2.5mm Audio Adapter
- 3333WW - Power/Audio Adapter Micro USB
- 3287WW - 2-in 1 Stereo Headset Micro USB
- 3369WW - Leather Sleeve Case
- 3367WW - Stylus 3-Pack Treo 800w
Treo Pro Accessories:
- 3343WW - Treo Pro Battery
- 3363WW - Stereo Headset (3.5mm)
- 3387WW - International Power Charger (microUSB)
- 3403WW - MicroUSB Cable
- 3409WW - Treo Pro Leather Side Case
- 3413WW - TTY Audio Adapter (3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter)
- 3416WW - Treo Pro Replacement Styli (2-Pack)
- 3417WW - Treo Pro Cradle
- 3420WW - Travel microUSB Cable
- 3437WW - Vehicle Power Charger (microUSB)
While no additional details have been revealed and the information revealed in this release is very minimal, a few interesting bits can be deduced from the peripherals listed above. For starters, it looks like Palm Centro and 800w owners' hopes for a high-capacity standard size battery have been squashed, as the Treo Pro 1500mAh spare battery is not listed as being compatible with the 800w/Centro. So 800w users will have to make do with Palm's 3403WW "Spare Battery w/ Charger Micro USB" which is presumably the same as the Centro's spare battery charger albeit with the new micro USB connector instead of the Athena multi-connector legacy port.
Additionally, for an embattled company in the midst of furious downsizing, cost-cutting and retail consolidation on all fronts, the appearance of two distinct SKUs for DC/car chargers (aka 3437WW "Vehicle Power Chargers" and 3291WW "Vehicle Power Adapter") seems illogical. Hopefully the actual retail packaging of these accessories will clearly distinguish which peripherals are cross-compatible with the Treo Pro and 800w, especially if the recent rumor of a forthcoming Treo Pro CDMA variant is correct.
Pricing or availability information for the new accessories has not yet been released by Palm but they will presumably hit Palm.com prior to appearing for sale elsewhere.