Handspring today announced the Treo 270, and it will start shipping in 2-3 weeks.
The unit sells for $499 with service activation and $699 without. As during the Treo 180 introduction, existing VisorPhone owners gets a price break: a $200 discount of the unsubsidized price. It appears that VP owners that already upgraded to the Treo 180 can take advantage of this offer too.
The main differences between the Treo 270 and the existing 180 model are the screen, the backlit keyboard, and enhanced battery life.
Treo 270's screen uses CSTN technology, and is very similar to the screen used in Palm's M130. It is a 12-bit color screen that supports over 4,000 colors and renders 160 x 160 pixel resolution.
The built-in QWERTY keyboard is backlit on the Treo 270, which makes the numbers, letters and symbols on the keyboard easily identifiable in low light conditions.
Treo 270 also has a larger rechargeable lithium ion battery that allows up to three hours of talk time and up to 150 hours or six days of standby time when the radio is on. A single charge will last two to three weeks when the radio is not turned on.
In addition, Treo 270 features an updated version of Blazer for quick and easy web navigation and all the basic PIM applications are in color. Some of the new Blazer's features include inline editing of forms, and better color support. We have no word if Blazer 2.1 will be available to existing Treo 180 owners.
As expected, the new Treo does not ship with GRPS enabled. Handspring promises that the unit will be upgradeable upon availability..
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