Handspring was among several companies giving a pre-CeBIT sneak peek of their products at the Digital Experience press event on Tuesday night. Several of these products will compete directly with the Treo. Sprint PCS Group, for instance, is readying several devices for the summer. Among these is Hitachis PCS Phone SH-G1000, which runs Microsoft Corp.s Pocket PC 2002 operating system and is the first Pocket PC to feature the PDA trifecta of a built-in keyboard, integrated camera and wireless phone. It includes several standard Windows applications, 32MB of memory and a 400MHz Xscale processor from Intel Corp. It also includes a Secure Digital expansion slot. The PCS Phone SH-G1000 will be available in July for $649, according to a senior Sprint official.Before the end of the year, Sprint also plans to offer a device running Microsofts Pocket PC 2003 operating system, which is expected to be announced next week. Gateway Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. are among the other companies expected to announce devices based on the new OS. Meanwhile, HP plans to announce new notebook computers at CeBIT. The main announcement for the enterprise will be the nc4000 business notebook, which is a lightweight (3.5-pound) computer with a 12.1-inch display. It includes one Type II PC Card slot that supports both Cardbus and PCMCIA cards. It has a hard drive ranging from 30GB to 60GB, depending on configuration, but no floppy drive. Customers have the option of Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP Professional. Pricing starts at $1,699.
Sprint is also set to release the Samsung SPH-i500, a design-oriented clamshell device that weighs about five ounces. It runs the Palm OS, with the screen and applications on the top of the clam, and the Graffitti handwriting recognition screen on the bottom of the clam along with the phones keyboard. It includes 16MB of memory and a 66MHz processor. Available later this month, it will cost $549 with a rebate, officials said.