Buried in the system software for the Palm Pre is a reference to a second device running the webOS. According to unconfirmed reports, this model will be on the market before the end of this year.
The Palm Pre debuted last weekend, and the first word on a follow-up model leaked out this spring. The Eos will supposedly be a smaller model than the current one, with a fixed instead of sliding keyboard.
Developers digging around in the webOS have found a reference to two models, the Castle and the Pixie, which are almost certainly the code-names for the Pre and the Eos.
An Overview of the Palm Eos
The Eos will supposedly have a keyboard mounted on the front, below its 2.6-inch, 320-by-400-pixel, capacitive touchscreen.
This model will be noticeably slimmer than the Palm Pre because it won’t use its predecessor’s sliding keyboard design. Overall. it will be 4.4 inches tall, 2.2 inches wide, and 0.4 inches thick (111mm x 55mm x 10.6mm).
According to a leaked list of specifications, this device will have 4 GB of internal Storage rather than a removable memory card slot. Other features will include GPS, a 2 MPx camera, and a 1150 mAh battery, giving it up to 4 hours of talk time.
It will reportedly be the second running Palm’s webOS, a multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Exchange. It will come with a highly-capable web browser, email software, and multimedia player. Additional third-party applications will also be available.
Coming to Sprint…
The Eos is reportedly on its way to Sprint, where it will debut during the third quarter of this year. This model will not be the replacement for the Pre, but a second option for customers.
Sprint’s version of the Eos is expected to include the mobile broadband standard EV-DO Rev A. there is no word on whether it will have Wi-Fi.
…and to AT&T
Unconfirmed reports say AT&T will launch this webOS-based device by the end of this year, and possibly during the fall. It will reportedly be available for $350 without a contract, and for considerably less with a contract.
AT&T’s version will be a quad-band GSM phone with 3G (HSDPA), Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, but no Wi-Fi..