New Palm Phone Announcement - Sept 12th
Palm's European site has thrown up a teaser page announcing a competition for a chance to win five of "the new Palm smartphones". In it, residents of the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy are invited to enter their email address and sign up for further information that will wend its way into their inboxes on September 12th. The page states:
"The new Palm smartphone. The word is, it's great for email, mobile internet, instant messaging, text and - with a full keyboard - saying what you really mean... Sign up now and you'll be the first to know all about the latest cool phone from Palm on 12th September 2007."
It's likely that this mystery phone could be the new Centro, or a variant thereof. Numerous pictures of a couple of new Palm smartphones have been leaked over the summer. There's no hint of which network it will be appearing on, but if you were to guess Vodafone you probably wouldn't be far off the mark: not only did they partner with Palm on the Treo 750v, but they also just happen to have coverage in all four of the aforementioned nations.
A bigger question mark hangs over the choice of operating system: photos of both Palm OS and Windows Mobile prototypes have been leaked. Since Palm has previously exhibited a preference for Windows devices in Europe - with the 750 receiving the lion's share of their international marketing efforts - it seems likely that this will be the first Windows Mobile variant of the new Centro form factor. We'll find out on September 12th...