Treo 850 Specs Posted
Rumor: The recent flurry of leaks regarding both the CDMA Treo 800w and its stylish GSM Tam's Palm blog posting some detailed specs of the upcoming Treo 850. Tam's tipster claims that the 850 is not simply a Windows Mobile version of the Centro but rather an "evolution" of the older Treo 750 for GSM networks. Additionally, the report states that this device is code-named "Skywriter".
Both the Treo 800w and 850 will establish a series of notable "firsts" for Palm: Palm's first devices to ship standard with Windows Mobile 6.1 (as well as their first native WM 6.1 devices with touchscreens, Palm's first 320x320 Windows Mobile handsets, and the first Treos with integrated wi-fi and GPS functionality. From the details revealed by Tam Hanna, we also learn that the 850 indeed sports both 802.11 b/g device (another first for Palm) and full UMTS HSPA 3.6 connectivity. A micro-USB port is used for both charging and synchronization and the 2.5mm headset jack has reportedly been omitted on both the 800w and 850 in favor of full Bluetooth wireless.
While the staid styling cues of the 800w looks very much the part of a traditional Treo device that borrows bits and pieces from various members of Palm's current lineup (755p, Centro, Z22 etc), the 850 is generating some generally positive buzz from the online community for its trim proportions and sleek styling, as seen in the Boy Genius Report photos from last week.
All of the much-publicized earlier reports regarding a 320x320 touch screen, Windows Mobile 6.1 Professioinal, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2Dp and a 2.0 megapixel camera also appear to be confirmed by the anonymous source. However, the small size of the 850 is not without a few drawbacks. The traditional "smile"-shaped curved Treo keyboard has departed from the 800w to the 850 in order to make the device as compact as possible while still retailing a touchscreen and removable 1500mAh battery. Also, the Treo 680/750/755p's side mounted SD/miniSD door has been omitted in favor of a microSDHC slot located underneath the battery.
Palm does look to unfortunately have somewhat compromised the device's memory capacity somewhat, as the report mentions 256 MB NAND Flash with ~175 MB available for the user but only 32 MB SDRAM for program execution. This is one facet of the leaked info, however, that seems a bit suspicious, as earlier reports from hands-on users of the 800w indicated over 100mb of available memory.
According to Tam's tipster, the device is "Centro-like" but definitely taller, thinner and slightly wider than the current Palm OS-based Centro, with approximate dimensions of 14mm thickness, width of 60mm and overall length of 113m. No weight for the device is mentioned in the report.
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