Treo 600 Release Dates, Interview With Hawkins
ZDNet has an interesting five minute interview with Handspring Chairman and CPO Jeff Hawkins from recent the San Francisco Treo Launch party. Certain carrier prices and releases dates have also come to light, as the anticipated smartphone becomes closer to availability.
Mr. Hawkins talks about the design, functionality and development of the next generation Treo. He also goes into the social aspects of using a smartphone like device and the upcoming transition to Palm. You can check out the full video clip here.
PIC attended the Treo 600 launch party in New York City last week, and have our report of the kickoff here.
TreoCentral has uncovered some additional information about the availability and price. They report it should be available from Sprint on October 13th for $399 with activation. Cingular should have it on sale around Oct 20th at the subsidized price of $449. T-Mobile should also have it buy the 13th, but pricing is not known. There is no word on AT&T at this point. The price without service should be $549, they also think Handspring may offer existing Treo owners $100 off to upgrade.
About the Treo 600
The Treo 600 runs Palm OS 5.2.1 with a 144 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor. It will have a 160x160 pixel CSTN color screen, 32MB of RAM and a SD/MMC/SDIO expansion slot. There is also a five-way navigation dial for one handed operation. The Treo 600 has a built-in digital camera (640 x 480 VGA), so you can take and send pictures or connect a face to a phone number with picture caller ID. It will also feature a dual speaker architecture for high-quality phone and system audio. It will have a large capacity 1800 mAh rechargeable Lithium Ion battery for up to six hours talk time (GSM); or up to five hours talk time (CDMA); and about two weeks organizer use for both versions.
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