On Monday, Palm, Inc.'s European division revealed that it intends to announce a new smartphone on September 12. Whatever is going to be unveiled next week, a new statement from the company says it isn't going to be the Palm Centro.
The Centro is an upcoming Palm OS model that was pre-announced by Sprint a few weeks ago. This will be be Palm's smallest smartphone ever, but will still include a full keyboard and touch screen.
A GSM version of this model had been the device considered most likely to be unveiled in Europe next week, until a statement posted today on Palm's official blog:
There's been a lot of buzz about the new device our friends across the "pond" are planning to announce on September 12th...and it's not the Palm Centro smartphone!
If Not the Centro, Then What?
The Centro was just one of the possible devices that could be announced next week. There are several others.
There have been rumors that the Centro is just one version of a product code-named Gandolf. Another version supposedly runs Windows Mobile 6 Standard, and picture of this smartphone with a Vodafone logo showed up months ago. (See image at right) If true, this will be Palm's first model without a touchscreen.
Other smartphones rumored to be on Palm's roster include the Treo 800w and an unnamed Linux-based device that will reportedly debut in October.
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