Details Emerge on Possible Pre Followup
Following up on our story from yesterday, a number of sharp-eyed WebOS fans have been analyzing the FCC filings on the upcoming Palm P102UEU device. After much analysis, the general consensus is that a device very reminiscent of the existing Pre Plus is imminent in non-AT&T (that is, not USA GSM bands) GSM form. Presumably, a similar "NA" version for North America will also be offered at some point in time.
As I mentioned in my retail report last month, Palm-branded Pre and Pixi accessories are now almost entirely absent from both brick & mortar and carrier retail shelve. This would suggest that a widespread packaging refresh (possibly HP/Palm co-branded) is in the works if Palm's latest device will be compatible with the many existing Pre peripherals.
In a nutshell, the P102UEU uses the same part number as the soft-touch Touchstone-compatible battery cover as the existing Pre and Pre Plus, so that would certainly guarantee a carbon copy of the existing Pre form factor. It also uses the same undersized 1150mAh battery seen in 2007's Centro, so this is another carryover part. The processor is said to be a 1Ghz TI OMap 3630, a part commonly found in higher-end Android phones, so both performance and power consumption should be considerably better than the current Pre. This would also enable, assuming Palm has fitted this device with the proper hardware, a few more spec bumps such as 720p video recording and an 8 megapixel camera.
Presumably, the Pre Plus' existing RAM will stay at 512mb, though storage may be boosted to 32GB to counter the latest crop of iPhones and microSDHC-toting BlackBerry and Android devices. Otherwise, the existing Pre and Pre Plus specs will remain unchanged, making this a fairly conservative update that can nicely entrench the Pre as a solid midrange device while making room at the top for the rumored "Mansion" large-screen device rumored for 2011.
With Sprint having passed on the Pre and Pixi Plus, that carrier would seem to be the most likely destination for this mildly refreshed Pre successor but right now only Verizon has been rumored as a destination for a CDMA "Pre 2".