Palm Centro and Treo 800w Possible Release Dates
Rumor: Phonenews.com has posted what looks to be a legitimate Sprint release roadmap thatís chock full of information. The earlier reports of a low-end Garnet-based Treo for CDMA networks turned out to be entirely accurate, as seen in Palm's semi-announcement last week of the Palm Centro smartphone.
This EVDO-enabled device, to exclusively debut on Sprint sometime this fall, is the Palm OS version of the rumored "Gandolf" seen in recent PIC photos and video. Phonenews' article mentions that the release date of the Centro, now codenamed "Gryphon" is Oct 14th and that the rumored $99 price with contract is indeed accurate.
Interestingly enough, the article makes no mention of the "Centro" branding and instead calls the device a member of the Treo 500-series. This would be the first sub-600 series "Treo" since Handspring's Treo 300 from 2002 and also on the Sprint network. Long-time Palm followers will remember that Palm often assigns product family names that differ from a modelís numeric nomenclature; the original Tungsten T was known as the m550 upon release and the original 2mb Zire was officially known as the m150.
The article then goes on to state that the hotly-anticipated Treo 800w has been delayed until an unspecified time in Q1 2008. The rumored Treo 800w, a high-end Windows Mobile 6 Professional-based flagship Treo has been rumored to be coming to both Sprint and Verizon and will supposedly include integrated wi-fi as well as a 2.0 megapixel camera, A2DP Bluetooth audio and EVDO Rev.A connectivity.
The Phonenews article does not go into any detailed specifications of the device but does claims that the Treo 800w will be "The first major improvement to Windows Mobile CDMA Treo units. It should ship before CTIA... averting mobs of press questions as to why CDMA still lacks a Windows Mobile 6 Treo."
With the WM6 competition heating up from the likes of HTC and Palmís original 700w/wx design looking increasingly dated, the arrival of an improved CDMA Windows Mobile-powered Treo is almost a total certainty.