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Palm 'Mini Pre' smartphone rumours emerge

Follow-up to Palm Pre in the works

Citing "one of our better sources", TechCrunch's Michael Arrington says Palm is preparing a second webOS-based mobile device, which the technology blog has dubbed the "Mini Pre".

The sleek, multi-touch Palm Pre smartphone was unveiled in January and is supposed to ship by the end of June. According to TechCrunch, Mini Pre will be a smaller device aimed at a different segment of users. But Arrington had no real details and didn't speculate on who the target users might be.

There's a very good chance that the source is correct about another new Palm device, because Palm from the outset has made it clear that the Pre is simply the first device to make use of the vendor's innovative new operating system platform, webOS.

A Mini Pre could have a thinner form factor, smaller screen and eliminate the Pre's slide-out full keyboard. It could be focused on a subset of the consumer market, intended as a multimedia device, perhaps with just Wi-Fi connectivity like Apple's iPod Touch, which lacks the iPhone's 3G cellular radio.

You can see how the Pre measures up to the iPhone, based on their spec sheet details, in our Network World's slideshow


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