Posted on 13-Oct-2006 09:47
Filed under: News
Palm, Inc. has announced the Palm Treo 680 smartphone, a GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band world phone with PDA capabilities. The new Treo 680 smartphone comes with applications for e-mail, web browsing, messaging, multimedia, calendar, contacts and more.
The company did not provide specific launch dates and prices, but says that in the coming weeks and months, carriers around the world will announce additional product details, availability and exact pricing.
Palm is targeting the price-sensitive feature-phone owners market segment, who want a more capable mobile-computing device. With the introduction of this new device Palm plans to reach new users in the growing smartphone and feature-phone markets. The Treo 680 will offer an affordable and simple way to get started and stay connected.
Palm's U.S. retail and online stores will sell an unlocked GSM version in four new cool colors - crimson, copper, arctic and graphite. For a limited time, they will come complete with a music bundle from Yahoo!, which includes a 30-day free trial to its music service.
The Palm OS-based device comes with a new design, including an internal antenna and slim form factor, making the device smaller and sleeker than its Treo predecessors in the United States. It has a full keyboard for writing SMS messages and emails, and a 320x320 colour screen for viewing web pages, photos, media and more.
The Treo 680 smartphone has a unique phone user interface that further simplifies Treo innovations, such as the ability to respond to calls with a preset text message and add new phone numbers to existing contact information, and three-way calling. The messaging application on the Treo 680 displays text-messaging conversations as "threaded chats," similar to IM, so users can see their entire conversation with a particular person. The Treo 680 smartphone also can be used as an MP3 player and has an integrated digital camera, camcorder and video player.
Users will find 64MB of user-available storage, nearly three times the memory of the original Treo 650 smartphone. Customers can add up to 2GB of storage with expansion cards.
For corporate users or users with hosted Microsoft Exchange solutions, the new version will use the Exchange ActiveSync for synchronisation of calendar, e-mail, and contacts information.
The new Palm smartphone comes with Bluetooth wireless technology, and can be used as wireless modem for laptops and other PCs.