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Handspring Introduces Treo 90 and 270
Posted: 29-May-2002 [Source: Handspring press release]

[Treo 270 adds full-color display, backlit keyboard and greater battery life to Treo communicators while the Treo 90 is the smallest and lightest color Palm OS organizer available.]

Mountain View, Calif. -- Handspring, Inc. introduces the Treo 90, a sleek and lightweight organizer with a built-in keyboard and a full-color display. Treo 90 expands the Treo family of handhelds to now include organizers as well as communicators. Based on the design of the award-winning Treo communicators, Treo 90 comes with 16 MB of memory, Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard expansion capabilities and a long-lasting rechargeable battery. It is available for $299 from and within the next few weeks at retail stores across the country. Treo 90 will also become available in the upcoming months in Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia and Korea.

Treo 90 is one of the first organizers available with a built-in QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard offers faster, more familiar data entry and navigation. PIM applications on Treo 90 have been optimized for thumb keyboard navigation. With Instant Lookup, for example, people can use the keyboard to look up any name in the Contacts List in three keystrokes or fewer. Using the keyboard and scroll bars, people can also complete such tasks as selecting and opening an application from the Launcher or checking off To Do items, without using the included stylus.

Treo 90, available in bronze, measures 4.2 x 2.8 x 0.65 inches and weighs just four ounces. It is a powerful Palm OS organizer with 16 MB of memory. Running on Palm OS 4.1.1H, the latest version of the Palm OS with Handspring's enhancements, Treo 90 is compatible with the thousands of Palm OS applications. It has a rechargeable lithium ion battery that lasts 10 days on a full charge and quickly recharges and synchronizes with a desktop computer while connected to the USB HotSync cable.

Treo 90 has a transflective, color STN display, a touch screen that is backlit and offers greater readability for viewing text and graphics in a variety of lighting conditions. Treo 90 also has a removable flip cover with a clear window that protects the screen and keyboard without adding size. The clear window offers a view of the entire screen, so that people can check the calendar and other PIM applications without lifting the lid.

Treo 90 offers expansion capabilities without compromising the size or thickness of the organizer via a Secure Digital (SD)/MultiMediaCard (MMC) slot at the top of the device. This slot lets users backup their data or add memory and content, including games, photographs, books and databases.

Treo 90 comes with WordSmith on the desktop CD. WordSmith, from Blue Nomad, is a full-featured word processing application, electronic book reader, document viewer and enhanced memo pad for Palm OS devices. It synchronizes and seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Word, so that documents can be easily transferred from the desktop to a handheld. People can view, edit and create full text documents with WordSmith, and it also offers rich modification and formatting capabilities. Additionally, Treo 90 has a key lock feature, which saves battery power by ensuring that the organizer does not accidentally turn on when it is in a pocket, bag or briefcase.

Treo 90 has the same form factor as the rest of the Treo family and is compatible with most of the same Treo accessories currently available, including the USB Charging Cradle, USB HotSync Cable, Serial HotSync Cable, Car Lighter Adapter, Travel Charger Kit, Stylus 3-pack and Action Pack Case. Also, in the next few weeks Handspring will introduce a new leather case exclusively for the Treo 90. A USB HotSync Cable and Travel Charger come in the box with Treo 90.

Handspring, Inc. introduces Treo 270, a compact, full-color wireless communicator that integrates a mobile phone, wireless applications like email and Internet browsing, and a Palm OS organizer all in one. Treo 270 also has a built-in, backlit QWERTY keyboard and enhanced battery life. Treo 270 is available for $499 with GSM service activation or $699 without a service plan. In a separate announcement today, Handspring also introduced its first Treo that is not a wireless communicator: the Treo 90, a sleek, lightweight organizer with a built-in keyboard and a full-color display.

Treo 270 is available now from Handspring's Web site at and will become available through authorized Handspring retailers in the coming weeks. In addition, Treo 270 will be available throughout Europe and Asia where Treo 180 and 180g are already sold. Handspring expects to announce availability in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Latin America in the months to come.

For the next three weeks, Handspring is making a special offer on the Treo 270 for owners of its VisorPhone Springboard module. People who currently own a VisorPhone can purchase Treo 270 for $499 without activation of a new service plan. For details on this special offer, visit

New Features The Treo 270's large, colorful touch screen sets the product apart from other high-end mobile phones. The color display also offers better clarity and readability of text and graphics, ideal for Web browsing, viewing photos and playing games. The built-in, backlit QWERTY keyboard enables people to use the device with one hand, even in low light conditions, while also providing faster and more familiar data entry and navigation. The Treo 270's increased battery life allows up to three hours of talk time and 150 hours of standby time.

Full-Featured Mobile Phone Treo 270 offers all of the capabilities previously introduced with Treo 180. It is a full-featured mobile phone designed for one-handed operation. It includes such features as Instant Lookup of phone numbers and contacts usually in three keystrokes or fewer, 50 speed dials, a traditional dial pad on the keyboard, call log, easy three-way calling, caller ID and speaker phone. It is a dual-band GSM world phone that can roam internationally.

Wireless Messaging, Email and Internet Access Treo 270 is also a wireless messaging device capable of sending and receiving SMS text messages and email. Earlier this month, Handspring introduced Treo Mail, a new wireless email service designed exclusively for Treo communicators that gives individuals mobile, secure access to corporate email or POP3 Internet accounts. Treo Mail may be purchased from Additionally, Treo 270 includes a new version of the Blazer Web browser that allows one-handed navigation of Web links and pages with the rocker switch and enables in-line editing. Web browsing and email retrieval require Internet service either through a wireless service provider or an ISP, as well as a GSM wireless plan that includes data services. SMS may require a separate plan as well. Compatibility with next generation GPRS wireless data networks will be available later this year. The cost for the GPRS upgrade is included in the product price.

The steel-gray Treo 270 measures only 4.2 x 2.8 x 0.82 inches and weighs just 5.4 ounces. The communicator has 16MB of memory and a rechargeable lithium ion battery. It is compatible with the thousands of Palm OS applications currently available. Because Treo 270 has the same dimensions as Treo 180, it is compatible with all of the same Treo accessories, including the USB Charging Cradle, USB HotSync Cable, Serial HotSync Cable, Car Lighter Adapter, Travel Charger Kit, Stylus 3-pack and Action Pack Case.


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