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Palm Eos coming to AT&T to undercut iPhone?

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.




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  1. appleuzr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Eos

    Doesn't VW have rights to that name? Also, with these specs this phone was designed to compete with the current iPhone. When the new version comes out this will simply be another samsung or lg lost in the pack.

  1. MatildeMatilde

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Quite nice

    For a hundred bucks, that's not bad at all. I would consider it if I didn't want to splash out on an iPhone.

  1. acidedge76

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    RE: Eos

    appleuzr wrote:

    Doesn't VW have rights to that name?

    ***VW can only have the rights to it as the name of a car. It doesn't necessarily apply across product platforms like this. For example, VW has the EOS car, Palm has the Eos phone, and Canon has the EOS digital camera.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    iPod Car

    Can VW make an iPod car?

  1. carloblackmore

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    waste of touch technology

    Anyone still making phones that are half-screen-half-keypad is wasting their time thinking they'll undercut any of the full-touchscreen phones. Cheaper, yes.
    Desireable, no.

  1. Zanziboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Out of touch

    RIM will eat this thing alive. Too many corporates are locked into RIM. I can't imagine Pre/Eos making much of a dent. Without iTunes and easy landscape operation, I don't see this a much of a iPhone killer, but potentially a good cheap company phone as an alternative to a RIM device.Is it just me, or do keyboards immediately make these phones seem like they are for "business use" only?

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