UPDATE: According to the latest leak, the Palm Eos has not been delayed. For more information, read: New Report Says Palm Eos Is On Schedule for this Fall
The Palm Eos, which unconfirmed reports say will be the second smartphone running the webOS, may not be released until 2010, missing this holiday shopping season.
The first word of the Eos — code-named the Pixie — surfaced this spring. This device will supposedly be smaller than than the Palm Pre, with a fixed keyboard. It was originally expected to be released this fall.
However, Ilya Grozovsky, an analyst at Morgan Joseph, said in a recent research note to clients:”We think that the Pixie, which we believe is being geared for AT&T and has a different form factor than the Pre, is not likely to be available for the 2009 holiday season.”
An Overview of the Palm Eos
According to a leaked list of specifications, the Eos will have a keyboard mounted on the front, below its 2.6-inch, 320-by-400-pixel, capacitive touchscreen.
This device will have 4 GB of internal storage rather than a removable memory card slot. Other features will include a GPS receiver, a 2 MPx camera, and a 1150 mAh battery, giving it up to 4 hours of talk time.
The Eos 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).
As mentioned earlier, this will supposedly 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 AT&T and Sprint?
Unconfirmed reports say the Palm Eos will be AT&T’s first webOS-based model, and Sprint’s second.
Sprint’s version will reportedly include the mobile broadband standard EV-DO Rev A, while AT&T’s will be a quad-band GSM phone with 3G (HSDPA).