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Palm announces Treo Pro – E71, Bold competitor

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First were the leaks, but now there is official information that the Palm Treo Pro has been announced. Palm decided not to be left behind, and joined in by throwing every feature it could, but it doesn’t seem to add up in a way that competes against the current business smartphones.

The Treo Pro features Tri-band HSDPA, a 2.5″ display with QVGA resolution (320×240), 128MB RAM, 400MHz Qualcomm MSM7201 processor, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, has a poor 2 megapixel camera, built-in GPS, and a 3.5mm jack, which we are not sure what is the use of in a business smartphone, but additional features are always welcome. What we really needed was a touchscreen and a better camera. The battery is a hefty 1500mAh and lasts up to 5hrs of talk time.

The Treo Pro isn’t exactly thin, it measures 13.4mm in thickness, and weighs 133g. Those buttons don’t look too good for typing, we’ll have to get ourselves a review unit to test them out.

The release date should be around September this year. The demo video after the jump, which you can also download and embed.

[via Slashphone, GSMArena, Unwired View]

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By , Editor-in-Chief, Johannesburg office

Published on Aug 21st, 2008 GMT +2