New Treo Soon?

Rumor is that the long-awaited next-generation Treo is on it’s way: PalmInfocenter.com: Rumor: Treo 650 Production Started

A new report out of Taiwan claims that the contract manufacturer for the upcoming Treo 650 Smartphone has stated volume shipments of the new model.

Digitimes, is reporting that High Tech Computer (HTC) began volume shipments of a new PDA phone model to PalmOne this month and is slated to enter mass shipments in October, according to market sources. It was reported in May, that HTC had won a contract for the next upgrade of the Treo 600.

According to current speculation, the next Treo will retain the same basic form factor and layout with a number of refinements and improvements, most notably a new high resolution 320×320 pixel 65k color TFT display and integrated Bluetooth. It will be powered by Palm OS 5.x, have 32MB of RAM and run on a 312 MHz ARM processor.

The upcoming smartphone will also have a improved 1.3 Megapixel camera with digital zoom and video capture, new dedicated answer and disconnect phone buttons and a SD/MMC expansion slot with SD I/O.

OK nice – we have our Bluetooth for syncing to my PowerBook and for a potential headset. We have our upgraded camera that might actually be useful. The bonus features of video capture, a higher-resolution display, and a faster processor are nice. If the rumors are correct, then I’m in. This is likely the smartphone I’m looking for. But 32 MB RAM seems a bit shy. I would have hoped for at least 64 MB RAM on the default. But I suppose the SD card expansion slot permits a few gigabytes of memory storage, so perhaps this isn’t such a big deal.