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Treo 800w Possible Mockup Image Posted

Treo 800wRumor: A possible leaked image of what could be the Treo 800w has been posted on the TreoCentral forums. A poster claims to have used the device and that the mockup image comes from an internal Sprint presentation. If the reports are correct, this device would be notable for a series of "firsts: Palms first device to ship standard with WM6 and a touchscreen, Palms (and possibly the market's) first 320 x 320 Windows Mobile device, and Palm's first EVDO Rev.A device.

While very light on any new details and from a completely unconfirmed source, rumors of the Treo 800w have been circulating for some time now.

While no new details have been leaked alongside the image, earlier rumors indicated that the device was to be an EVDO Rev.A, 320x320, Windows Mobile 6 device. Bluetooth 2.0 and a 2.0 megapixel camera would also appear to be likely hardware choices, considering the strong specs of the recent Treo 500v. Wi-fi and even integrated GPS have even been mentioned in previous rumors. The traditional "smile"-shaped Treo keyboard makes a welcome return appearance but, like the seemingly smaller Centro, the keyboard omits the lower right shift key. The 800ws 5-way navigator pad also looks like a strange hybrid between the flatter Tungsten E/5/TX design, the ring-shaped LifeDrive/Z22/Centro version, and the classic recessed Treo 600+ style.

No word as of yet if this device will be a Sprint or Verizon exclusive or if it will launch on both CDMA giants simultaneously like the 700p of 2006. The thread poster does indicate that the device has begun internal hardware beta testing so hopefully the earlier rumors indicating it would be available prior to the end of the year may yet come true.

A TreoCentral mockup showing the 800ws estimated size alongside a 755p, Centro, and 500v is available here. Additional discussion of the device is ongoing at the original forum thread.

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My opinion? It's real & Palm's finally spending some $ on R&D

hkklife @ 10/24/2007 1:35:05 PM # Q
I have to admit, I was *really* expecting a 755w to be released around the Sept/Oct/Nov timeframe. I expeccted it to basically just be the WM6 version of the 755p (320x320 of course). I figured they'd save Rev.A for a future flagship CDMA Treo. Since Palm usually likes to take the path of least resistence, you'd think a 755w release would be a no-brainer.

Since there is no 755w out now, nor any sign of it on the horizon, it means that either there was zero interest from Sprint/Verizon OR the 800w is real and gonna be a pretty decently spec'd unit.

Now, Colligan's been hinting about the "Mercedes Treo" for a long time. It's possible that whatever engineering resources the Fooleo didn't gobble up have been going to this one for quite some time.

Now, I'm left wondering:

1. Did Palm design this one in-house? This doesn't look anything like a me-too 500v-style outsoureced design. Or did Palm do the exterior here and let someone (Asus, HTC etc) do the innards?

2. Will there be a Garnet variant of this formfactor?

3. Will this be the first release of the basic design of the first PLinux device next year or '09?

The TC thread is promising that the specs are "exciting" and that "nobody will be disappointed". So I'd take that to AT BARE MINIMUM to mean 320x320 (perhaps physically larger than the Treo 650/700/755p LCD), A2DP, as much RAM/storage if not more than the 500v, BT 2.0, 2.0mp camera, and a fairly high capacity battery.

This is by far our best (only?) chance yet for finally seeing wi-fi for the first time on a Treo.

And the original 800w tipster (not the guy who leaked the image) claims that the un-stretched image looks pretty accurate to what he saw/held a while back.

For what it's worth, if this one is impressive enough I could even forsee it being my first WM device since a Compaq Win CE machine nearly a decade ago.

Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

RE: My opinion? It's real & Palm's finally spending some $ on R&D
LiveFaith @ 3/28/2008 5:42:25 PM # Q
Anything new is welcomed. Way 2 go Palm.

But, the form is like Mexican food ... it's all the same thing just placed on the plate differently. Specs as written with WiFi will get some kudos round here tho.

Pat Horne

RE: My opinion? It's real & Palm's finally spending some $ on R&D
SeldomVisitor @ 3/28/2008 6:46:55 PM # Q
> ...Did Palm design this one in-house?...

The CFO said Windows devices leveraged ODMs.

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