FCC Leaks Info on the Treo 270
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has posted information on Handspring's soon to be released color version of its smartphone, the Treo 270. As expected, it is essentially a Treo 180, except with a color screen. The only version mentioned on the FCC site has a keyboard and no Graffiti area; there is nothing about one that uses Graffiti.
Unfortunately, the user manual doesn't give the exact type of screen. As often happen with the pictures submitted with FCC filings, the images are of low quality. The ones with the 270 tell nothing about how good the screen is.
The 270 allows the user to adjust the screen's color saturation and the backlight. According to the user manual, the backlight also shines behind the keyboard.
Like the other Treo models, Handspring reduced the size of the screen to make the entire package smaller. This screen about 2 inches on a side. The number of pixels hasn't been reduced; it is still 160 by 160.
Recently, someone came forward with leaked info on the not yet available CDMA version of the Treo, which also has a color screen. If the same one is used on both models, the screen will offer 16-bit color.
From the time it was first announced, one of the greatest concerns with the 270 was how long its battery would last, as it includes both a color screen and a mobile phone. According to Handspring, when using the wireless functions, it will last about 3 hours of talk time or 150 hours of standby time. When used like a regular handheld with the mobile phone functions turned off, the battery provides about 1 week of normal use.
The 270 appears on the FCC site because the Handspring had to give the FCC details on the device in order to get permission to release it. When a device is approved, it is automatically posted on the commission's website. The same thing happened in the past with the Treo 180 and the Palm i705.
According to Handspring executives, the Treo 270 will be released sometime before the end of June.
Handspring first announced that it would release a color version of the Treo last fall when the 180 was announced. At that time, Handspring said it would cost about $600, though that could have changed in the past seven months.
Thanks to Mike Cane and Paul N. to the tips. -Ed
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