Palm Centro Announcement Coming Tomorrow *UPDATED*

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Palm, Inc. and Sprint has scheduled a press event for tomorrow at which the latest Palm OS smartphone will almost certainly be officially announced.

The Palm Centro was pre-announced last month. At that time though, all the details on this device weren’t released, just a broad overview. Palm says this will be its smallest smartphone ever, but it will still include a full keyboard and touch screen.

Palm Centro
Palm Centro
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Two facts that were revealed are that the Centro will initially be offered in the U.S. by Sprint, and will support this carrier’s high-speed EV-DO wireless network. As Palm and Sprint have scheduled a press event together for tomorrow afternoon, doubtless this is to do the formal announcement of this device and give a more complete overview of it. The invitation makes this clear, "The news will include a new Palm smartphone for Sprint."

Details still unknown include what Sprint will charge for this smartphone, though rumor indicates it might be as little as $99 with a two-year contract. When it will go on sale is also not known.

Update: Sprint has posted a "teaser" page for the Centro, which indicates that this model will debut on October 14. As expected, it will sell for $100 with a two-year contract and afer a $100 mail-in rebate. This device will be available in black or red casings.

Centro vs. Treo 500

Palm is in the process of rolling out two models that have a certain amount in common but also significant differences: the Treo 500 and the Centro.

Both will use the same general design: a relatively slim tablet shape with a thumb-size keyboard. However, the Treo 500 will have a QVGA non-touchscreen display, while the Centro will use a 320-by-320-pixel touchscreen.

The most significant difference, though, is internal. The Treo 500 will run Windows Mobile 6 Standard, but the Centro will use the Garnet OS, formerly know as Palm OS Garnet.

In addition, at least initially, the Centro will be available only for CDMA networks, while the Treo 500 will be a GSM device.

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