Palm Announces the Treo Pro
Palm Inc. today formally introduced the Treo Pro smartphone, its latest Treo running the Windows Mobile operating system. The Treo Pro features a streamlined design in a sleeker glossy black package coming in as the thinnest Treo released to date.
The official announcement matches up with most of the previously leaked information. The Treo Pro will be available from Vodafone and O2 in Europe(from free to EUR 399 with contract) and from Telstra in Australia (from free with contract), also will be available in an unlocked version in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. Palm says the unlocked version will be made available in the US this fall from its online store for $549. Additional Treo Pro availability is scheduled to follow worldwide.
"Businesses want the control and savings that Windows Mobile affords, in an innovative and elegant package that keeps their users happy. That's where Palm comes in," said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive officer, Palm, Inc. "Everything about Treo Pro - from the hardware design to the packaging and accessories - embodies the elegant and simplified end-to-end experience that our customers expect from Palm."
Treo Pro Specifications
The Treo Pro is a a Quad-Band GSM phone (850/900/1800/1900MHz) with Tri-Band 3G HSDPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100MHz) support. It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition on a 400 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201 processor with a 320x320 pixel flush touchscreen, 256MB memory (100MB user available), microSD expansion (up to 32GB supported), built in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2, and 801.1x authentication), Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS.
A removable, rechargeable 1500mAh lithium-ion battery is included for an imaginary 5.0 hours talk time and up to 250 hours standby time. A microUSB 2.0 port is included for synchronization and charging and in a long, long overdue first for a Palm smartphone a 3.5mm stereo headset jack is built in so customers can use standard headphones.
SIze wise the Treo Pro has dimensions of Length: 4.49", Width: 2.36", Depth: 0.53" (114 x 60 x 13.5mm), and weighs in at 4.69 oz (133g).
The device includes the usual Palm's customizations on top of Windows Mobile including the enhanced today screen, time and notification screen saver and dialing shortcuts. The Treo Pro also features a new voicemail indicator, where the center button will flash to let a user know a new voicemail is waiting. It also features the standard Palm ringer switch and the Wi-Fi shortcut button which debuted on the Treo 800w.
Embedded below is a short video clip of three Palm Exec's, Stephane Maes (VP of product marketing), Peter Skillman (VP of design), and John Moses (VP of customer relations), talking about the Treo Pro features and new design aspects. The video also shows the Pro in action along with a shot of its new packaging design.
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