Las Vegas (NV) - Palm chose the frenzy of the Consumer Electronics Show to introduce its latest Treo smartphone: The Treo 750 is the new flagship of the family and - other than previously expected - does not integrate Wi-Fi connectivity, but comes can be upgraded free of charge to support UMTS/HSDPA.
The new 750 model complements Palm's Winodws Mobile OS-running 700 series, which so far consisted of the 700wx (for the Sprint-Nextel network) and the 700w (Verizon Wireless). The 750 is the first Windows Mobile-based Treo that is available for GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS networks and is initially offered by Cingular Wireless beginning in late January.
The device uses the same Intel Xscale 312 MHz processor and 240x240 pixel color screen and offers the same amount of flash memory (128 MB, 60 MB available to the user as storage) as its sister models. Among the surprises of the device is the lack of the widely anticipated support for 802.11 b/g connectivity. However, what makes the 750 particularly interesting is Palm's promise that, later in 2007, there will be a free upgrade to Cingular's mobile broadband (HSDPA).
Standard equipment of the device include a 1.3 megapixel camera, a speakerphone, miniSD slot and Bluetooth (1.2) connectivity. The 750 will go on sale for $400 (with a two-year contract), which matches the price of the current 700wx.