T-Swivel Smartphone NOT Palm Quatro
Mystery T-Swivel Smartphone Solved – Fortunately/Unfortunately NOT Palm Quatro Prototype
Considering that few people were particularly thrilled with the purported first image of the Palm Quatro that appeared last week, I guess that we should all be relieved to now learn that this device was actually an MID prototype called Tabasco and manufactured by a company called Compal that was first displayed at Computex 2008 back in June.
At the same time, a variation of the above prototype _could_ nonetheless still be on the cards based on a report back in August by the Chinese newspaper Commercial Times which claimed that “Compal has received ODM orders for several models of smartphones from Palm with the order volumes likely to top five million units, said the paper, noting that Palm's orders will be the growth driver for Compal in 2009”.
Having said all this, the fact however is that virtually nobody outside Palm seems to have any clue as to what exactly the company’s rumoured “spectacular” new Palm Quatro smartphones might really look like and we can only continue to dream about exactly what the forthcoming Palm CES event will actually have in store for us…
In the meantime, a rather interesting Business Week article yesterday appears to have been the first to “officially” confirm that “Palm is due to unveil [at CES] the long-awaited operating system, code-named Nova, as well as the first of a family of products that will run on it” with the goal to “create products that bridge the gap between Research In Motion's BlackBerry devices, oriented to work and e-mail, and Apple's iPhone, oriented to fun”.
Moreover, although you would naturally consider a Palm insider comment to be somewhat biased I have to admit that I was rather excited by the comment made by Mike Bell , a 16–year Apple engineering star who joined Palm last year, saying that “I'm fundamentally convinced we're onto something huge. Some of the stuff we're working on here is mind-blowing – better than anything I've seen before."
Either way, the countdown has now very much begun and we all only have 23 short more days to wait before the truth is finally revealed…
Mystery T-swivel device is really Compal Tabasco MID [via pocketables]
Rumor: Palm Places a 5 Million Unit ODM Order [via Palm Infocenter]
Palm Pins Its Hopes on Nova [via Business Week]
Treonauts always want mind-blowing stuff…