Is this a possible future Palm device?

Summary:It's Monday morning so what better way to start off the week than with a bit of mobile phone rumor news. Jenn at Pocketables posted a photo and some information on a possible new Palm device that some are calling the Quatro. Jenn was wondering if it was some kind of new UMPC/MID concept design and now others are saying it may be a future smartphone. The similarity of the keyboard to the Palm Treo Pro and Centro devices indicate it may be a Palm device.

Is this a possible future Palm device?
It's Monday morning so what better way to start off the week than with a bit of mobile phone rumor news. Jenn at Pocketables posted a photo and some information on a possible new Palm device that some are calling the Quatro. Jenn was wondering if it was some kind of new UMPC/MID concept design and now others are saying it may be a future smartphone. The similarity of the keyboard to the Palm Treo Pro and Centro devices indicate it may be a Palm device.

I think it is too early to say we will see this from Palm in 2009 as a Linux, Palm OS, or Windows Mobile device because there are always lots of different protype and mock-up devices floating around that never see the light of day. The design is rather unique because it would give you a full large touch screen with the QWERTY capability just when you need it without making the device too large. I think the slider form factor, like what I have on my HTC Fuze, gives you a wider and more functional QWERTY keyboard though and this device may be too gimmicky. This concept reminds me of Tony Stark's phone from Ironman, the LG VX9400.

Here are a couple more articles on this rumored device from Treonauts and Engadget.

Topics: Software, Hardware, Linux, Mobility, Open Source, Operating Systems, Smartphones

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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