Vodafone 2008 roadmap may include first Palm smartphone with WiFi, two Nokias, two BlackBerry devices, and two HP devices
I don't know how The Boy Genius does it, but he always seems to get the latest and greatest scoop on upcoming mobile phones. The latest scoop covers Vodafone's roadmap for 2008, including devices that won't even be seen until later in the fall. Some details are still missing and many of the devices still have their code name. There are 2 Palm devices, 2 HP devices, 2 Nokia devices, 2 BlackBerry devices, and an unnamed Windows Mobile device in the rumored lineup.
I don't know how The Boy Genius does it, but he always seems to get the latest and greatest scoop on upcoming mobile phones. The latest scoop covers Vodafone's roadmap for 2008, including devices that won't even be seen until later in the fall. Some details are still missing and many of the devices still have their code name. There are posts for each of the devices on The Boy Genius Report site, including:
The Palm Wanda looks a lot like the Palm Centro, but runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard. This may be the first non-touch screen Palm smartphone, but it is too bad it doesn't have a 320x320 display like the Palm OS version. Unlike the Centro it does have GPS, but still does not appear to have WiFi. Things may change with the launch not slated until September 2008. The next device that doesn't yet have a photo available is the Palm Drucker. This is a device to replace the Treo 750v and runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. It also looks like it will be the first Palm smartphone with integrated WiFi (FINALLY!). HSDPA, GPS, and Bluetooth 2.0 are also included. You may see this device in July of this year.
The HP Oak is a Windows Mobile 6 Professional device with a phone keypad on the front and slider QWERTY keyboard. This looks like a great device with a form factor I thought we were going to see in 2007. The device also looks to have Bluetooth, WiFi, HSDPA, and GPS, but the 1010 mAh battery seems a bit small for all this functionality. It is supposed to launch in September. The HP Silver is a WM 6 Standard device with the great SureType keyboard I use on my T-Mobile Shadow. GPS, WiFi, and HSDPA look great, but the 1010 mAh battery seems a bit weak.
The Nokia Dora is a successor to the Nokia E65 and has an earlier launch date of 2nd quarter of 2008. The Dora appears to be a high powered S60 device with a 3.2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, and HSDPA. The 320x320 2.4 inch display should look great too. The Nokia Liam will be my next Nokia device if it becomes available as rumored in the 2nd quarter of this year because it has a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and HSDPA. This looks like a super upgrade to the Nokia E61i and as a QWERTY fan I can't wait to see it released.
The BlackBerry 8110 is a Pearl device with integrated GPS. The BlackBerry 8xxx is the enterprise flagship product with a super fast 624 MHz processor, HSDPA, half VGA (480x320) display, GPS, WiFi, and huge 1500 mAh battery. Look for this device in May of 2008.
There is also rumors of a low cost Windows Mobile device with QWERTY keyboard named the ODM v16xx. It may have a touch screen, GPS, 1.3 megapixel camera, and 2.5G Tri-band radio. This may be a decent beginner smartphone that launches in September of 2008.