Palm Announces the Treo 680
Palm has announced the Treo 680 smartphone today at a press conference at DigitalLife in New York City. The Treo 680 is a Palm OS powered GSM/GPRS/EDGE smartphone. The 680 features a internal antenna and a hardware design similar to the Treo 750v. Palm has not yet announced carrier availability or pricing details.
The Treo 680 is powered by Palm OS Garnet v5.4.9. It runs a 312 MHz Intel processor and has 64MB of user available storage memory and 64MB of SDRAM. The screen is a 320 x 320 pixel color touch-screen display. The 680 features a full size SD slot for memory expansion. It has a slimmer 1200 mAh rechargeable battery for up to 4 hours talk time. Bluetooth v1.2 wireless and IR are included as well as a VGA digital camera.
It has dimensions of 2.29" x 4.40" x 0.8" inches (58.4 x 111.8 x 20.3 mm) and weighs in at 5.5 ounces (156g).
An unlocked version of the Palm Treo 680 will be made avaiabe with four different color options exclusively from Palm.com or Palm Cafe retail locations. The colors include graphite, copper, article and crimson and will come with a free 30 day music bundle from Yahoo Music Unlimited.
The Treo 680 will ship with improved and easier to use software. It also ships with many of the same improved apps found on the Treo 700p, such as built in Pocket Tunes, audio and video streaming and voice memos. The phone app has been completely reworded with a new five tabbed interface, integrated contact and a simplified favorites list. VersaMail 3.5 is included and is now simply called "Email." In addition the latest version of Blazer includes a number of speed and caching improvements to the browsing experience. Documents to Go v8 will also be included for Microsoft Office and PDF compatibility.
While no official pricing or carrier availability has been released, at the press conference Palm CEO Ed Colligan remarked that it would be available "next month or so" and would be "competitively priced."
In the coming weeks and months, carriers around the world will announce additional product details, availability and exact pricing. Palm's aim is to expand both geographically and demographically with this new product. Colligan said he expects the new smartphone will be available via 20 or more carriers around the world by the end of the company's fiscal year, June 1, 2007. Palm believes this product will appeal to price-sensitive feature-phone owners who want a more capable mobile-computing device.
Update: Read the Palm Treo 680 review.
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