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Palm and Vodafone Announce 750v, available in Europe in October

Tue Sep 12, 2006 - 10:59 AM EDT - By Dieter Bohn

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Palm has finally made it official, announcing details on the new Treo 750v. The new 750v is the first Treo to ship without an antenna, a long-awaited form factor.

Availability on Vodafone's European GSM network is expected to be October 2nd - though preorders are available now for new connections. More information on availability as we receive it - but it does not appear that the 750v will be available in the US initially. Palm lists the following countries as having the 750v available soon: Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, and the United Kingdom and "other regions by the end of the calendar year" (from their press release. Whether "other regions" mean the US is unclear - more likely it does not - we're checking into it).

The Treo 750v runs Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Edition and features specifications similar to the Treo 700wx - namely 128 megs of memory (60 available for user storage), a 240x240 touchscreen, 1.3 megapixel camera, and a full qwerty keyboard.

Hardware-wise, there are several differences to mention, though. As the first GSM Treo to be released in some time, the 750v sports some healthy upgrades to the radio: It will run on Vodafone's GSM network - EDGE and UMTS providing very high data speeds. Other differences from previous Treos include:

    GSM bands: 850/900/1800/1900,
    UMTS bands: 850/1900/2100
    Note: Looks to just be 3G, not 3.5G HDSPA
  • No external antenna
  • the 750v has slimmed-up a bit: clocking in at 111mm x 58mm x 22mm and 154 grams - one millimeter thinner and 26 grams (1 ounce) lighter than other 700 series Treos.
  • Generally speaking, the 750v has a more rounded shape, making it feel smaller overall
  • The reduced size does appear to come with a smaller battery, 1200mAH, though talk time is still very good: up to 4.5 hours GSM / 2.5 hours UMTS; standby time: 10 days.
  • edit: pop-up stylus unconfirmed The reduced size also means that Palm has switched to a pop-up stylus (similar to the ones found in their original Tungsten T line).
  • The 750v uses a different processor, a 300mhz Samsung. Previous Treos had used Intel XScale processors.
  • the 750v uses a miniSD slot for expanded memory in place of the SD card slot.
  • support for Bluetooth stereo headsets

The Operating System is Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone edition. It too features some great features:

  • the first WM5 Treo to support threaded SMS text messaging (Hooray!).
  • Bluetooth and/or USB Dial-Up Networking is also built-in.
  • Fully compatible with Microsoft's Direct Push Technology and with Vodafone Business Email

Palm has also provided a brief video of the device. Product specs are here. As with previous Treos, WiFi is not built in. Program memory is unknown as of this writing, but we'll update that soon too.

You can read the full press release here. TreoCentral is at the CTIA Expo now and we'll have continuing coverage throughout the next few days, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, you can discuss the 750v in our New Forum Section.

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