Palm Eos Smartphone On The Way?
New GSM Palm Eos May Be Ready For AT&T By Q4 ‘09
Following rumours that Verizon could be in discussions with Apple to release the first CDMA iPhone 3G, we now also have increasingly plausible rumours that according to TechCrunch Palm “is already very far along on a second webOS device” (pictured here on the right) and that it may become available towards the end of this year.
It appears that this Palm Eos will be designed as an entry-level smartphone based on the webOS platform that will aim to target a younger mass-market at a lower price point than the Palm Pre – the same strategy that Palm used with the Treo and Centro.
Additionally, the Palm Eos is supposed to be a Quadband GSM/HSDPA device which would indicate that AT&T may be the carrier of choice if this rumour turns out to be true.
Palm Eos Specifications:
According to Engadget, the Palm Eos will be an astounding 10.6mm thin, will measure just 55mm x 111mm (about 2.1 by 4.3-inches), weigh a mere 100 grams, and will tout a 2.63-inch, 320 x 400 capacitive touchscreen display as well as:
Price: $349 before rebate and $99/$149 after rebate
Memory: 4GB storage
Camera: 2 megapixel fixed focus digital camera and flash / video capture
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP and EDR, USB 2.0 via micro USB
Power: Removable 1,150 mAh battery (4 hours 3G talk time)
Messaging: SMS, MMS (picture and video only), integrated IM client
Contact sync with AT&T Address Book
Email: POP3, IMAP4, and EAS support
A-GPS: SUPL and Control Plane support
Audio: WAV, MP3, AAC, AAC+ ringtones
Video Playback: MPEG4, H.264, H.263
I personally feel that launching a second webOS device this year is the wrong thing to do but I also understand why Palm may have no other option. With Sprint as the exclusive US carrier for the Palm Pre for the whole of 2009 the only way that Palm can leverage its webOS further and ensure that all its eggs are not in one basket (with Sprint) during the ultra-important Xmas ‘09 holiday season is to release a second device such as this Palm Eos with AT&T as the exclusive carrier.
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