Palm's new Eos may be iPhone's next challenger

Palm is upping its game with a new budget phone, the Palm Eos

Palm is upping its game with a new budget phone rumored to launch this fall on AT&T. Deemed to be another iPhone rival with a smaller price tag, the Palm Eos (or Pixie/Castle) sports a size 0 silhouette in a candy-bar form factor with a non-slideout QWERTY keyboard.

Preliminary specs leaked by Engadget point that Eos will cost US$99 (after a $250 rebate) and will come with 4GB of on-board storage (Pre will come with 8GB), a 2-megapixel camera with flash and video capture (3-megapixels on the Pre), A-GPS and Palm's WebOS (which will debut on the long-expected Palm Pre

The Palm Eos is said to be 0.42 inches (10.6 mm) thin and weighs just 3.5 ounces (100 grams). Eos's 2.63-inch capacitive touch screen sports a 320 by 400 pixels resolution, giving it 80 pixels fewer than either the 's or Pre's display. Eos will be a 3G phone (HSPA capable) and extra connectivity comes via Bluetooth 2.1 (with A2DP and EDR - so you can listen to stereo music wirelessly) and a micro USB port (2.0).

One thing is missing from the leaked specification so far, and that is Wi-Fi. Now, this might not be such a good sign (remember the BlackBerry Storm complaints?) but for some the removable 1150mAh battery might just do the trick, with a cool four hours of 3G talk time claimed.

Palm's new (yet not launched) WebOS will to power the EOS, giving it most of the perks the Pre is expected for. These include SMS, MMS (picture and video only), an integrated instant messaging client, contact sync with AT&T, upper class email (POP3, IMAP4 and EAS support), audio playback of WAV, MP3, AAC, AAC+ (including ringtones) and video playback of MPEG4, H.264 and H263 formats.

What's interesting about the Palm Eos is that rumors point it will be launched on AT&T (while the Pre will come exclusively to Sprint). If this is true, then the speculation earlier this week that Apple is in talks with Verizon over sales of iPhone through that carrier might just make some sense.

The Palm Eos basically looks like a successor to the company's bestseller, the Centro, with a new twist on the OS powering it. While the cooler Pre (unveiled in January) will be out this summer, Palm still needs a cheap, small and simple device to drive sales from the lower end of the market and keep other partner carriers happy.

Palm and AT&T are keeping mum on any other details about the Eos, so it would be wise to take all these leaked specs and device renderings with a pinch of salt.

Follow Daniel on Twitter @danielionescu

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags smartphonesAppleiPhonePalmPalm Pre

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Daniel Ionescu

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?