Palm’s Next webOS Smartphone May Skip the Keyboard

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There’s virtually no room for doubt that Palm, Inc. intends to introduce at least one new smartphone this year, and a new unconfirmed report gives a few of the details on this upcoming model.

Information is very sketchy at this point, but the device, code-named Elan, will supposedly be the first webOS-based phone with a tablet shape and no physical keyboard.

Naturally, this will require Palm to add an on-screen keyboard to its operating system. It will also require a significant change in attitude — virtually every smartphone this Palm has ever released has included a physical keyboard.

This source has no other details on this model, so specifications like screen size and resolution, storage capacity, and much more remain unknown.

Coming this Spring?
This description is coming from someone who claims to be an AT&T employee, who says that his company will soon begin testing this device for compatibility with its wireless network.

In January, AT&T committed to introducing two webOS-based devices this year, though it didn’t name the models. It’s possible the Elan could be one of them, but there are also unconfirmed reports that this carrier intends to release the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi this spring.

The Palm Elan also reportedly also going to be introduced in Europe, and may be available unlocked in the U.S.  at some point.

More about Palm’s webOS
The webOS is the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. It is a multi-tasking, touch-oriented operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.

The webOS includes an on-device app store, and a growing collection of third-party software is available.

Last year, Sprint released the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi, the first two models running this new operating system. Verizon introduced enhanced versions of these in January.

Source: PreCentral Forums

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