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.