today announced that its Treo 90 has shipped to retailers nationwide. The Treo 90 is a new digital organizer built using Palm OS.
Most of Handspring’s past offerings have utilized the “Graffiti” handwriting recognition system like other Palm OS-based PDAs, but the Treo line is a bit different: Like other Treo models, the new Treo 90 sports a built-in QWERTY-style keyboard for easy data input. Other Treo models — the 180 and 270 — feature built in QWERTY keyboards and integrated mobile phone capabilities. The Treo 90 is the first Handspring PDA to sport the integrated keyboard design without the mobile phone capability.
The Treo 90 is available for US$299 and comes with 16MB of built-in memory, as well as data storage and expansion capabilities via a Secure Digital (SD)/MultiMedia Card (MMC) flash memory card slot. It weighs in at about 4 ounces. Handspring said it’s the smallest and lightest Palm OS PDA on the market today.
Set in a bronze-colored chassis, the Treo 90 features a transreflective color STN display with a backlit touch screen. It also incorporates a removable flip cover that has a clear window — enabling you to see what’s on the screen while still protecting it from scratches.
The Treo is also available in Asia, and will be released in Europe and Canada in the coming months, according to Handspring.