Palm announced its latest smartphone offering today in an attempt to combat Apple's iPhone. The new Treo 500v will be available in an exclusive deal through Vodafone, which plans to make it available in October.

Read: First impressions: Palm Treo 500v

With a Euro iPhone still not on the market, the Palm Treo 500v puts in a good pitch for your attention. It features high-speed 3G/UMTS mobile internet access and is powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6 platform.

The Treo 500v features a full Qwerty keyboard rather than the AppleiPhone's much-talked about touch-screen. Add to this a large colour LCD, video streaming capabilities and various messaging functions (including IM, SMS and email), and you've got an extremely versatile smartphone.

An iPhone alternative

"The Treo 500v is priced to enable a broader audience to experience the internet and email on the go," said John Hartnett, senior vice president of the global markets and Windows business unit at Palm.

"Today's generation has really embraced the internet as a way of keeping in touch with friends and family, seeking out entertainment and managing their day to day lives. We can offer users the choice to do what they want, how they want, when they want."

The Palm Treo 500v goes on sale in October and will be available in two colours - glacier white and charcoal grey. Palm said it will be offered free with some Vodafone contracts, plus a £7.50 per month data tariff.

Tech.co.uk will be at the official launch of the Treo 500v later today. We'll be testing it out and writing up our first impressions later.

Key features of the Treo 500v:

  • All-in-one smartphone with messaging, email and web
  • Full Qwerty keyboard
  • Push email available for Hotmail/MSN, Yahoo, and Gmail
  • Large, high-resolution screen
  • Internet Explorer Mobile browser with full features
  • Access to Google Maps and eBay
  • Vodafone live! for news, sports, and entertainment on the go
  • 3G/UMTS network connectivity
  • Planner with address book, calendar, to-do lists, and more
  • View Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files
  • Windows Media Player Mobile for music and videos
  • 2-megapixel camera with video capture
  • 150MB of memory, expandable with microSD expansion card
  • Windows Mobile 6 Standard software
  • Microsoft Direct Push technology for delivery of Outlook email
  • Bluetooth wireless technology