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Issue #2003 - 20 (June 2003)
(Updated June 30, 2003)


Device News This Week

1. Handspring (recently acquired by Palm) Introduces Treo 600 

Handspring introduced an innovative design for its future smartphones that combines a fully integrated QWERTY keyboard with a smaller, more phone-like form factor. The sleek design is the result of significant research and development focused on reducing size, maximizing the utility and ease of use of both phone and data functions, and minimizing trade-offs typically found in converged products. All products in the new series, to be called Treo 600, will combine a world-class phone, a Palm OS 5-based organizer with messaging, email, and web browsing features. The first Treo 600 products are expected in the market by the fall of 2003.

2. Nokia Ships New 6650 3G Phone
Nokia began the initial shipment phase of new 3G mobile phones, which offer broadband wireless Internet connection and movie-making capability. The Nokia 6650 phones, set for delivery to mobile phone operators in several European and Asian countries, will work on both GSM and Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) networks. The cost of the phone will vary depending on both the local markets and available volumes of 3G devices. The 6650 should be available to additional mobile operators later this year.

3. Rumour - Palm May Release Two OS6 Devices in November
While manufacturers continue to release new handhelds using PalmSource's OS 5, a rumor has started that two new devices using the company's OS 6 will be released in November. According to a report from Brighthand, the new devices will use Intel's mobile processors instead of Texas Instruments' OMAP, which has been the main processor on most of Palm's recent handhelds. One of these devices will be a Palm Tungsten running an Intel XScale 400 MHz processor with 64 MB of RAM. The second Palm OS 6 device will be a member of Palm's Zire line and will use an Intel 200 MHz processor and feature 32 MB of RAM. PalmSource unveiled OS 6 earlier this week at CeBIT America in New York and will start shipping it in October.

Source - Several, including CTIA, FierceWireless, TechWeb, 802.11 planet and Fierce 80211

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Handspring's Treo 600 has interesting form factor and moves the converged device concept a bit further. However, it will appeal to those who are looking for a PDA primarily. Those who conduct their business primarily on the phone will perhaps go the smart phone route. Devices continue to be either phone-centric or PDA-centric with a bit of cross-over. We have a long way to go towards a converged device. Palm will have to refresh Tungsten and Zire - so the rumour will become true sooner or later.  

With shipment of 6650, Nokia will make progress from the device end but where are the 3G networks with enough capacity at affordable prices? 

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