Palm Drucker to Finally Bring WiFi to the Treo Line?
Palm's other leaked Windows Mobile 6.1-based device for today is a considerably higher-end offering. Codenamed the "Palm Drucker", this is billed by Vodafone as a direct replacement for the aging Treo 750v and also comes to us via the Boy Genius Report. "Drucker" will sport a 320x320 touchscreen that Palm OS fans have come to love alongside, of course, Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (Pocket PC) instead of the WM Standard edition.
This device will appear earlier than the rumored "Palm Wanda", as it carries an estimated launch date of July 2008 with a pricetag of 270 GBP, equivalent to a whopping $533 USD. Unfortunately, no picture is provided of this device but I would expect it to look similar to the leaked images of the speculated Treo 800w from a few months ago—basically, thicker than a Centro but thinner than a Treo, with a slightly wider body and the usual "smile" pattern keyboard.
It's very possible Palm requested the Drucker not be shown in the presentation slide here because of its striking resemblance to the CDMA 800w that might be officially announced soon. The rumored Palm Drucker's specs appear comparable to the long-rumored flagship CDMA Treo, the 800w, that we have covered previously here and here. A quad-band GSM radio with HSDPA makes the Drucker's appearance in the U.S. all but certain.
The leaked slide also touts a 320x320 "flush" screen and a 2 megapixel camera. The battery capacity is rated at 1500mAh, a nice boost from all of Palm's current GSM Treos. Finally, assuming nothing changes between now and launch, integrated GPS and wi-fi are confirmed as standard features, giving Palm fans worldwide cause for celebration.