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Palm's smartphone family has finally joined the Wi-Fi era. The company last night introduced the Windows Mobile 6.1-based Treo 800w, which has EV-DO Rev. A 3G on board too.

Initially shipping on US carrier Sprint's network, the 800w sports a Centro-like look, complete with a 320 x 320, 65,536-colour screen. Round the back is a two-megapixel, 2x zoom camera.

Palm Treo 800w

Palm's Treo 800w: Wi-Fi on board at last

The 800w has 128MB of ROM and 256MB of Flash storage, of which 170MB is available for the user's data, content and apps. There's a Micro SDHC slot that can take 8GB cards.

At the base is a micro USB slot - the death knell for Palm's many, many different cradle connections, we imagine.

The handset's Wi-Fi adaptor runs to the 802.11b and g standards, and it has Bluetooth 2.0+EDR on board too. A button on the top of the phone calls up the Wi-Fi setup screen.

Palm Treo 800w

GPS too

Another first for a Treo: an integrated GPS pick-up.

As per previous Windows Mobile Treo's, the 800w presents a tweaked, more useful version of Microsoft's standard Today screen, and there are the usual array of push email and Office apps on board.

Sprint wants $250 for the 800w, but that's after unspecified "discounts and rebates" and on the take-up of a two-year airtime contract. Palm's selling the 800w as an upgrade for $599, again tied to the Sprint network.

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