Loving the look of the Palm Pre but fearing it may prove too rich for your blood? Look what just revealed itself...
Yep, we have the second Palm handset to be based upon its stupendously exciting WebOS operating system. Codenamed the 'Palm EOS', what we have is a lovely tweak on the established Palm Treo/Centro design with a candybar Qwerty layout and some rather tasty specs.
Perhaps most noticeable are the dimensions which at just 111 x 55 x 10.6mm make the EOS the slimmest Qwerty smartphone to date (usurping the lovely Nokia E71). On top of this you'll get a 2.63in 320 x 480 capacitive display (yum), HSDPA, WiFi, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and 4GB storage plus a microSD expansion slot (note: omitted on the Pre). The 1150mAh battery is also apparently capable an impressive four hours 3G talk time.
One downer is the 2MP camera which lacks autofocus but does at least pack in a flash and video recording capabilities. On the upside however is decent codec support for WAV, MP3, AAC, AAC+, MPEG4, H.264, H.263 and in there. That said, perhaps the best bit is yet to come: price. Reports claim the EOS will retail for just $349 sim free (£235) which could make it the must have budget smartphone of 2009.
See Apple, when you have a killer OS you put it on a range of handset form factors across different budgets. Are we learning yet...?