April Fools: Palm to Release Treo 950p Smartphone with Legacy Palm OS

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It’s no secret that Palm is in big trouble because WebOS has failed to catch on well enough to save the company. In a final attempt to gain smartphone marketshare, Palm has announced that they’ll be releasing their legacy Palm OS software on a device that appears to be nearly identical to the current Palm Pre Plus. It’ll go by the name Treo 950p, meant to be the proper successor to the Treo 755p of 2007. We’re not sure if the 950p represents a strategy shift for Palm to use the Palm OS on all devices going forward, but if it’s any indication of their direction, the new Treo will have an emulator that will run old WebOS applications.

In terms of specs, it’s running Palm OS 5.5 with an underclocked version of the Pre Plus’s CPU, running at 250MHz, supported by 64MB of RAM and 128MB of ROM. The real news here is the battery life: Palm claims that the Treo 950p has talk time of over 900 minutes, with standby time of a month. The Treo 950p becomes available exclusively on T-Mobile in Summer 2010 at an impressive $49.99 after two year contract.

Is Palm on the right track, or is this the final nail in the coffin?

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.