updated 07:50 am EST, Mon January 12, 2009
Palm webOS Centro Rumor
Palm is allegedly preparing a second webOS-based smartphone that would take up the Centro name, an alleged leak to PalmInfoCenter says. The claimed first-hand contact says the next model after the Pre would be a sequel to the current Centro that would occupy roughly the same size but would omit the hardware QWERTY keyboard in favor of a larger touchscreen that Palm's new OS depends upon. Whether the 3-megapixel camera, GPS or Wi-Fi would also be stripped from the device is unknown.
The Centro update would reportedly be destined for Sprint US, like the Pre, but would ship significantly later and arrive in the fall instead of the spring. Costs are also unknown, though the Centro has regularly been one of the least expensive smartphones of any kind and may let Palm significantly undercut the price of competitors like the iPhone or BlackBerry Storm.