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Palm Treo Pro
 

Palm Treo Pro

28 August 2008
Written by Hugo Brown

Officially announced by Palm Australia is the much anticipated smartphone, Palm Treo Pro. It has been speculated over on web forums for the last month now, but has reached fever pitch in part because of the slim/glossy design, lower weight of 133.7g, built-in GPS and having some resemblance to its predecessors.

Powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with a 400MHz processor from Qualcomm, this device will be available with quad Band GSM (850/1900/1800/1900) and tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100), enabling phone calls and 3G network access. All this technology inside a glossy, smooth, rounded black case.

Equipped with Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity, the Palm Treo Pro is capable of fast data transfer and close range interaction with wireless headsets. QWERTY keyboard enhancements include increased spacing of the alphanumeric keys. The Treo Pro is not only for business but also for mobile entertainment unit, able to store music, videos and presentations via the memory card (microSDHC, up to 32GB supported) or using the 100MB internal memory. This device is good when waiting between meetings or on public transport - you can listen to your favourite music through the audio jack or wireless headset, or review presentations. The phone has a 2.0 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom, video recording and playback using the Windows Media Mobile Player.

The Palm Treo Pro comes with a 1500mAh lithium battery which Palm says provides up to 5 hours of talk time and up to 250 hours of standby time. A MicroUSB connector is also available for synchronising & charging your phone, handy when you’re at your desk in the office or when using your laptop.

Another feature is Palm Shortcuts, which negates the need to scroll through the menus. It includes a one stop button for Wi-Fi and a ringer switch to immediately silence the phone. When you receive a new voicemail the screen light will flash advising when a new voice message arrives, even if the phone is switched off. There’s also a one stop button for your calendar/email should you need to access or add information for appointments. The device is also packed with software like Word, PowerPoint and Adobe, helping it work with a desktop PC.

The Palm Treo Pro is expected to hit stores around mid-September in Europe and Australia, followed by the US. In Australia it will be available exclusively from Telstra.

FYI .:. Palm Treo Pro
(ETA mid-September of 2008 for Australia)


Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: UMTS 850/1900/2100MHz
Form factor PDA with QWERTY keyboard
Size 114 x 60 x 13.5mm
Weight 133 grams
Display 65K colour TFT LCD at 320 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 1500mAh^
Talk/usage time* Up to 5 hours*
Standby time* Up to 250 hours*
 
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth version 2.0 and USB version 2.0, Wi-Fi
Camera support 2mpx digital camera with up to 8x digital zoom and video capture
Data support GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, UMTS
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Internet Explorer Mobile
Memory
  Internal -
  External -
 
Yes, 256MB (100MB user available)
Yes, microSDHC card (up to 32GB)
Messaging capabilities SMS, EMS, MMS, e-mail, MSN messenger
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via PC
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
 
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Qualcomm MSM7201 400MHz
Built-in GPS
3.5mm stereo headset jack
Office Mobile (Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint)

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed


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