Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Next Palm webOS-ready phone, Eos 'Pixie', to arrive Oct. 2010

For now, only the Palm Pre smartphone can run the company’s vaunted webOS platform, but an industry analyst recently said he believes the Palm Eos (codename: Pixie) phone will be the next one in the pipeline and arrive in October 2010.

AT&T will reportedly be the carrier of choice for the new phone, but a price point is hotly debated: an AllThingsD Digital Daily report notes that one analyst says the $99 iPhone’s continued strength will ruin the device’s chances this holiday season, while the Chinese language Commercial Times attests that an HSPA Eos will sport a 2.6-in. display and begin deliveries in October of this year (a CDMA variant is estimated to arrive in 2010).

So what’s this Eos (”Pixie,” or “Castle” in some documents) phone all about? If rumors and leaked documents are correct, the QWERTY Eos will have a 2.63-inch, 320 by 400 capacitive touchscreen display, 4GB storage, POP3, IMAP, and EAS support, integrated IM client, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, a removable 1150 mAh battery (4 hours 3G talk time) and a thin, light body (3.5 ounces, just over 0.4 in. thick).

The Eos is expected to replace the Palm Centro, which currently sells for $49 on AT&T and Verizon and $199 unlocked.

Would you buy a cheaper Palm webOS-based phone?

All credits and information was found by zdnet.

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