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Handspring's Treo 600

Techstination feature for Wednesday, July 9, 2003

The inventors of the Palm plan a new Treo Communicator. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Handspring, the company launched by the original inventors of the Palm and is now in the process of being acquired by Palm... is hoping to increase its share of the combination cell phone/PDA market. Its Treo communicators are being sold by a variety of wireless carriers... including T-Mobile, AT&T, Cingular and Sprint. Next up, the smaller, sleeker Treo 600. Product marketing director Calin Pacurariu... says it's the first Treo that abandons the clamshell design...

"One of the things that we got a lot of feedback on is that clamshell designs are fine, but in smart phones, one of the things it tends to do is make the devices bigger than they need to be."

Handspring will be facing new competition from a new generation of smart phones featuring Microsoft's rival operating system. It has wisely kept a QWERTY keyboard for data entry and messaging... added some new features... including an SD expansion slot and a built in digital camera

"What we really focused on is making the camera as usable as possible. It's a VGA camera... so 640 by 480 and you see this on the main screen... just one press and... we've got your picture and two more presses I can send this off either via email or through MMS."

Multimedia messaging. The Treo 600 is due to arrive this fall. Pricing will be up to wireless carriers... but the devices should sell for between four and five hundred dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.