Palm Launches New Blackberry-esque Treo 800w In Smartphone Segment

New mobile handset launches seems to be the flavour of the month as after Apple and LG, Palm Inc. and Sprint Nextel have also officially unleashed a new handset, the Palm Treo 800w, said to be most suited to business class.

New mobile handset launches seems to be the flavour of the month as after Apple and LG, Palm Inc. and Sprint Nextel have also officially unleashed a new handset, the Palm Treo 800w, said to be most suited to business class.

There are no apparent changes that have been made to the appearance of the device, but it operates on EVDO Rev A, a fast broadband network from Sprint, which supports high download speeds of 600Kbit/sec to 1.4 MB/sec.

In addition to its Global Positioning System (GPS), and Wi-Fi capabilities, Palm Treo 800w includes Outlook e-mail, and it is also capable of working on Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro operating system.

The device supports editing in Microsoft Word and Excel documents, its other key features include - a touch screen of 320X320 pixel resolution, accessibility to Sprint TV for weather, news and sports updates, and Sprint software for backup.

When asked about its competition with 3G iPhone, company’s spokeswoman Karen Chan said, “It’s not a direct iPhone competitor and is more for business users, while the iPhone is more suited music and video and consumer.”

The device will cost $249.99 after rebate and is available for 2 years contract; the Palm Treo 800w has yet to appear on Palm's website.