Palm is known to be working on at least two new devices – Palm Mansion and PalmPad – that are likely to be launched early next year. While not much information is available about these devices as yet, there was word last month that suggested that the Palm Mansion could be a fully touchscreen device with 800 x 480 WVGA display.
Now, we have heard from one of our close source that Palm is working on a smartphone that will have a display slightly bigger than 5″. While we have been unable to confirm if this is indeed the rumored Mansion, the chances for this are pretty bright taking the possible launch date into consideration. Our source has confirmed that the launch shall happen in three months time. That’s towards the end of Q1 2011.
I am still trying to gather more details about this new phone and will keep you posted about this.
The latest gizmo running webOS 2.0, the Palm Pre 2 went on sale in the UK market yesterday. The phone carries some excellent specifications including a 1GHz processor, a 5-Megapixel camera and a slew of webOS 2.0 features like True Multitasking and Just Type. While the phone is definitely likely to make a Palm fan happy, it appears that the carriers are not too interested about this whole affair.
According to recent reports, none of the major carriers shall be stocking the new Palm device on their stores. Network carriers including Orange and Three UK have remained non-committal while O2; the network that carries Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus has given a definitive reply in the negative. A company representative is quoted as saying,
“The Palm Pre Two will not be available on O2. We offer a range of the best handsets through our product portfolio and regularly review this to ensure it continues to meet the demands of our customers. We’ve always offered our customers a choice of experiences when they come to buy a new phone and we were excited to add webOS and the Palm Pre to our range. We’re still fans of webOS – the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus are available from us today – but won’t be taking the Palm Pre Two”
That’s a big blow for the success of Palm Pre 2 in the English market. Now if you are still looking to buy one device for yourself, get ready to shell out £399 for a SIM-free unit.
Palm fans in the UK will have another reason to cheer this Friday. Hewlett Packard has confirmed that the next generation Palm Pre 2 will be hitting the English market on Friday, November 12. The phone will available SIM-free which means those who can afford it, can choose to go without a carrier contract.
The Palm Pre 2 as you know comes with some very pretty specifications including a 1GHz processor, a 5-Megapixel camera and a sleek design. More importantly, the Pre 2 will feature the next generation webOS 2.0 software that brings True Multitasking, a feature called Just Type that lets the user compose messages without having to open an app, HP Synergy and integration with other prominent third party applications like Skype, Flash 10.1, TextAssist, Facebook 2.0 and QuickOffice Mobile Suite.
Will you be going for this one?