Ok folks, I can’t verify this, but you may have seen a Techcrunch post last night claiming inside information regarding a companion to the upcoming Palm Pre. Mike Arrington stated last night that the phone, which he dubbed Mini Pre, wasn’t a follow up to the Pre but a sibling. Kind of like the rumored iPhone nano to the regular iPhone.
I didn’t bother to post anything at the time because I wanted to see how this particular rumor played out. But this morning The Boy Genius Report posted a blurry picture of the supposed Mini Pre. Now, Techcrunch has another post stating that the internal name of the Mini Pre is actually the Palm Pixie.
But I give the most weight to the Engadget post that states the internal name is actually the Palm Castle. The folks over there state the Palm Castle is headed for AT&T rather than Sprint which is the future home of the Pre. Here is what Engadget has to say:
They say the market name of the Palm Castle is actually Palm Eos, a follow up to the Palm Centro that will run on the new webOS operating system. Specs include GSM/HSDPA 850/1900 frequencies, those used by AT&T and Canada’s Rogers, a 10.6 millimeter depth, 55 x 111 millimeter dimensions, a 100 gram footprint, and a 2.63-inch, 320 x 400 pixel capacitive display. Furthermore the Palm Eos has assisted GPS, 4 GB of storage, a 2 megapixel fixed focus digital camera with flash and video capture, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0 via microUSB, SMS, MMS, and an IM client, email, MediaNet, and major audio and video format support.
The Palm Eos is supposed to cost $349 pre-rebate which seems a little pricey for a mid-range handset. Even if it costs $199 after subsidies and rebates, it still won’t be a mid-range phone in terms of price. That’s squarely in the smartphone price range. What do you think? Is this all bullshit?