What Does Palm Have on Its Plate for this Spring? (Updated)

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Palm, Inc. typically introduces new devices in the springtime, so rumors and speculation are flying as people try to figure out what handhelds and smartphones are coming soon from this company.

Treo Smartphones

At this point, there are two sets of contradictory rumors about upcoming Palm smartphones.

Some rumors talk about the Treo 700p, which is supposed to be virtually the same as the Windows Mobile-powered Treo 700w that debuted this winter, but run the Palm OS instead.

On the other hand, a late last year a pair of industry analysts leaked details on Palm’s smartphone plans for this year. According to them, instead of the Treo 700p, the next Treo will be a very thin device with no external antenna, code-named Hollywood.

Supposedly, this will run the Palm OS and be offered by Verizon Wireless in the next three months.

Update: According to a new rumor, the Treo 700p will debut next month. More information is available in this article.

Mobile Managers

Palm has already dropped the price of the LifeDrive Mobile manger twice, and it has been on the market for nearly a year. These two facts have fueled speculation that a replacement for this model is coming soon.

No details about this device have emerged yet, though most people agree it will sport a higher capacity hard drive.

The Mysterious Third Product Category

In several interviews, Jeff Hawkins, one of Palm’s founders, has repeatedly referred to his company entering a mysterious third product category, with handhelds and smartphone bing the first two.

However, he has steadfastly refused to give any details, other than saying it will be a mobile device with advanced multimedia capabilities.

Hawkins first began talking about this third product category last summer, so it’s possible there has been time enough to create a device that will be released this year.

Traditional Handhelds

Palm introduced the Palm TX ($300) and Z22 ($100) last fall, so it is unlikely to come out with New Handhelds in those price ranges.

However, it could come out with a device in the $200 range. The model currently selling at that price, the Tungsten E2, is almost a year old.

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