Purchasing new hardware? Read our latest product comparisons

New Treo 600 smartphone unveiled


June 22, 2003

Handspring have unveiled the design of the yet to be released Treo 600 series smartphones. Significantly smaller and looking more like a conventional mobile phone than previous models, the PDA/mobile phone combination will incorporate a full QWERTY keyboard and Palm OS 5-based organiser with messaging, email, and web browsing features. The innovative design minimizes the performance and usability trade-offs typically found in converged products according to Handspring, which expects the first Treo 600 products to reach Australia in Spring.

In squeezing a full keyboard into the limited surface area, designers have employed unique dome shaped keys to enhance fast input and one-handed use. This is backed-up by a five-way navigation system and programmable "hotkeys" (where any of 26 different keys can be set for one-touch access to phone numbers, email addresses, web pages or specific application functions).

Treo 600 products will feature an ARM processor and Palm OS 5 suitable for multimedia functions like video viewing along with new proxyless version of the Handspring Blazer web browser, an expansion slot for third-party secure digital and MMC solutions such as MP3 and wireless networking solutions, a built-in VGA camera for taking and sending pictures and setting up picture caller ID, and a dual speaker architecture for high-quality phone and system audio.

Stay tuned to Gizmo for more details on Treo 600 release date and price as they become available.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon After Editing or Managing over 50 print publications primarily in the role of a Magazine Doctor, Mike embraced the internet full-time in 1995 and became a "start-up all-rounder" – quite a few start-ups later, he founded Gizmag in 2002. Now he can write again.   All articles by Mike Hanlon
Related Articles
Looking for something? Search our 31,705 articles