Let’s face it, a new device from Palm is long overdue, so any glimmer of hope will get us excited. Our friends at PreCentral have received a tip about a device codenamed ‘Mansion’ that might do just that. The original Palm Pre was apparently codenamed ‘Castle’. There have been no visits from Mr.Blurrycam® as of yet, so we’ll take this with a grain of salt. The report says the Mansion will feature an 800×480 display and no physical keyboard. Seems like a major departure from Palm and perhaps they are caving due to mounting pressure in the marketplace to deliver a device with a big display. With such a device, it will be critical that webOS 2.0 deliver an excellent on-screen keyboard, with support for multi-touch.
This device, if real, needs to get released this year. On October 11th, Microsoft will announced a slew of Windows Phone 7 phones. Couple that with the iPhone 4 and the steady stream of Android phones, competition in the smart phone marketplace is getting tougher with each day.
Anyone opposed to losing the physical keyboard in favor of an on-screen keyboard?