updated 01:50 pm EDT, Thu April 30, 2009
Palm Eos Leak
Palm's just-spotted second webOS phone has been given much greater detail in a new leak that appears to confirm nearly all details of the device. Now known as the Eos, the design pictured by Engadget is built as a replacement for the Centro but with features that would establish it as a lower-cost alternative to an iPhone. It would have a slightly smaller 2.6-inch, 320x400 multi-touch display but would still have a fixed QWERTY keyboard and an extremely thin design: it would measure just under 0.42 inches thick.
Other features would be similarly just under the more expensive Pre. The phone would drop Wi-Fi and scale back to 4GB of storage along with a 2-megapixel camera. However, it would keep 3G and offer assisted GPS while still preserving Bluetooth.
Most important would be word that the phone will support its 3G on the 850MHz and 1,900MHz HSPA bands used by AT&T in the US and Rogers in Canada, suggesting that one or both carriers will pick up the phone. The handset would thus be the first non-Apple multi-touch device on AT&T and, according to a late slip from TechCrunch, would cost much less than an iPhone with a $99 price point when discounted. It would also cost $349 without a contract, or well under the iPhone's $599.
Previous rumors have the Eos as shipping in the fall.