Palm Announcing New Smartphone Next Week

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Palm, Inc. says it intends to announce a new smartphone on September 12. Until then, it is only willing to give a few "teaser" details on this upcoming model.

According to Palm, this device will be "great for email, mobile internet, instant messaging, text and — with a full keyboard — saying what you really mean." Of course this reveals little or nothing about this smartphone aside from the obvious: it will include a keyboard.

A GSM Centro?

One possible candidate for this release is a version of the Palm Centro, a Palm OS device that Sprint is expected to introduce next month. However, Sprint’s wireless network is based the CDMA standard and next week’s announcement is coming from Palm’s European division, so whatever smartphone is introduced will have to use the GSM standard.

Of course, there have been rumors that the Centro is just one version of a product code-named Gandolf. There will also supposedly be a Palm OS version of the Gandolf for GSM networks.

More surprisingly, there have been reports of Gandolf versions running Windows Mobile 6 Standard for either GSM or CDMA networks. If true, this will be Palm’s first model without a touchscreen.

Other smartphones supposedly on Palm’s roster include the Treo 800w and an unnamed Linux-based device that will reportedly debut in October.

Sign Up to Win

As mentioned earlier, Palm is expected to announce its latest smartphone in Europe on September 12. Until that time, people in four countries — Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom — can register to win five of the new devices, whatever they turn out to be.

To do so, all that’s necessary to sign up on Palm’s web site.

Update: Spain has been added to the list of counties where people can register in this contest.

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