Treo 600 Announced, Set to Premiere on Orange
By Eric Lin, Wed Sep 17 20:15:00 GMT 2003
Orange are on a smartphone roll this week. Monday they announced they would be the first to launch the Motorola MPx200 Microsoft Smartphone. Today they have announced they will also be the first to carry the Handspring Treo 600 Palm OS phone.
The Treo 600 is new candy-bar design of Handspring's PDA phone. It is the first Palm OS phone to run OS 5, and the first with a built in camera (both still and video). Early hands-on reports say that the phone and camera software is easy to use and that the touch screen is just included to support legacy and third-party applications. In addition to other reports, I will also attest that the keyboard is much improved over the previous clamshell style models. The only real drawback I noticed for a Palm OS phone is the 160x160 screen, which seems too small, especially now that the Treo 600 has a camera built in.
The Register has pricing of GBP 300 or EUR 460 when the phone is launched depending on the subscriber's contract. Like the MPx200, the Treo 600 is also due in Orange stores by next month, and similarly American carriers are expected to be selling it by the end of the year.