Handspring Treo Makes Splash at CeBIT
The Treo 600 smartphone looks more like a modern cell phone than any of Handspring's previous products.NEW YORKHandspring Inc. this fall will introduce a new smartphone, shortly before finalizing the companys merger with handheld computer maker Palm Inc.
To be announced this week at the CeBIT America show here, Handsprings Treo 600 looks more like a modern cell phone than any of the companys previous products. The new device is slightly smaller than its predecessors, and it does not have a flip cover. It features five-way navigation and an alphabet keypad with rounded buttons that make it easier to type with big thumbs. Ten of the letter buttons also work as numbers, so users can dial the phone either using the keypad or a virtual keypad on the color touch screen. The phone includes an integrated camera and several applications that take advantage of it; for example, users can set up their contact information and caller ID with pictures of the caller.
It runs Palm OS Version 5.0 on an ARM processor from Texas Instruments Inc. and includes 32MB of memory. Depending on what carriers decide to offer, the Treo 600 will have several e-mail options, including a behind-the-firewall solution from Good Technology Inc. Palms software subsidiary Palmsource Inc. and Good earlier this year announced plans for a Good software server that would support the Palm OS, and Handspring officials said it should be ready by the time the Treo 600 is released.