Is the Palm Eos going to be AT&T's WebOS device?

Is the Palm Eos going to be AT&T's WebOS device?

Summary: Today must be the day for Palm rumors as we had the Mini-Pre rumor earlier and now have the Palm Eos rumor from Engadget. There are even a list of specs to accompany the Eos rumor and it looke like it will also be a WebOS device, except for a GSM version going to AT&T. It looks a bit like a Palm Treo Pro in a sleeker form factor

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Today must be the day for Palm rumors as we had the Mini-Pre rumor earlier and now have the Palm Eos rumor from Engadget. There are even a list of specs to accompany the Eos rumor and it looke like it will also be a WebOS device, except for a GSM version going to AT&T. It looks a bit like a Palm Treo Pro in a sleeker form factor.

The rumored specs include:

  • 3G data connectivity
  • 4GB storage
  • Price: $349 (pre-rebate)
  • Camera: 2 megapixel fixed focus digital camera and flash / video capture
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1
  • Removable 1150 mAh battery
  • A-GPS

So this looks like a slightly lower speced device than the Palm Pre with less storage capacity, lower resolution camera, and no mention of WiFi support.

I'm not sold yet on Palm rolling out too many products at the moment as they struggle with cash issues and have a need to demonstrate they are a player in the mobile space with WebOS. Hopefully, they don't extend themselves too much at this time.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Storage, AT&T

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  • Agreed. Mostly.

    On the one hand, I agree with you that Palm should focus on one successful device right now. They really need the Pre launch to be smooth as silk if they're going to have a shot at recovery.

    On the other hand, I have to think that they don't want to put all their eggs in Sprint's shrinking basket. Just as Apple is allegedly eying Verizon's 86M customers, Palm probably wants the chance to court AT&T's 78M customers too. So if WebOS is ready to roll, putting out a scaled-down model for the bigger market might allow them to play both sides of the fence with Sprint giving them free advertising and AT&T giving them sheer numbers.

    The Pre is definitely highest on my radar right now. Other phones are a distant second.
    the.ksmm
  • More market share is good.

    Good idea to shoot for a different audience then the
    iPhone with AT&T. Hit a slightly lower price point
    then the iPhone, with a slick thin and light phone
    that's "good enough". Palm needs to get as many
    devices onto the market with it's WebOS to entice
    developers.

    If the EOS is well received it will certainly cut into
    sales of it's Pre model. Similar to how the Centro ate
    heavily into Treo sales. Truely though this is minor
    compared to the need for the WebOS to gain more market
    share. This is even less of an issue if they have good
    margins on the EOS. Pre can be the posterboy while EOS
    makes all the $$.
    VooDooAddict
  • RE: Is the Palm Eos going to be AT&T's WebOS device?

    This looks like a good spec for delivery in Europe. Wifi is thin but the place is riddled with 1.8 and 3.6mbps HSDPA so a 3G radio is really all that is needed. GSM means it will work everywhere in Europe so there is no problem with carrier exclusives (but Palm can bugger that up easily enough). I have to replace a Treo 680 soon so it may not be a G1 after all.



    MrBeck