Several New Palm Smartphones On Horizon

According to DigiTimes in China, Copal Communications has received ODM orders for “several models of smartphones from Palm” with order volumes likely to top 5 million units. The report also points to Palm’s order volume being a significant growth driver for the company in 2009. While there have been rumors of a Treo 850, numbers like this suggest a combination of a new Centro device and possibly a new Palm OS 2.0 smartphone.

For many Palm OS faithful, the options have been rather limited. The last Palm OS powered Treo smartphone was the Treo 755p. While the Centro has been a success for Palm, it’s due in large part to ease of use found in the Palm OS and the pocket friendly form factor. The Treo smartphone has been regarded as a power-users smartphone and this group has been left in somewhat of a lurch. They either jump to Windows, the diminutive Centro or a competitor’s phone. This is crucial demographic for Palm and one might argue their core audience. Palm, not unlike Apple, has tremendous brand loyalty. The company has done a great job in expanding their market with the Centro smartphone and Windows Mobile powered devices, but it’s the release of a Palm OS 2.0 powered smartphone that will fill the void in the current product lineup.

via DigiTimes

Palm Improving Market Share On Strong Centro Sales

According to research firm IDC, Palm has increased their market share from 7.9% in Q4 07′ to 13.4% in Q1 08′ on strong sales of the Palm Centro.

The success of the Palm Centro and it’s attractive $99 price point have helped Palm make tremendous strides from the fourth quarter
of 2007 to Q1 of 2008. The Centro was only available through Sprint at the time, so these numbers could carry through to the next quarter. Clearly, Sprint’s aggressive ad campaign combined with Palm finding a new demographic with the pint-sized Centro have had an immediate impact. More impressive is that Palm saw their numbers rise while Apple saw a decline from 26.7 to 19.2 percent. Massachesetts based research firm IDC released the report today.

Apple is expected to announce a new 3G compatible iPhone in the next week. Rumors are abound that a price point of $199 is possible for either the existing iPhone or the 3G iPhone through an AT&T subsidy. Palm is expected to release the Centro on Verizon Wireless this month. The company will certainly see a boost with the forthcoming Treo 800w and Treo 850 models due out in the coming months. This will be followed by new Palm devices slated for 2009 that will run Palm’s next generation Palm OS 2.0.

Treo 850 Photos Surface

New photos appeared this morning of the Palm Treo 850 and this device officially gives Palm enthusiasts a reason to get excited. Photos after the break.

Treo 850

Treo 850
Treo 850 stacked up against BlackBerry 8800

There doesn’t appear to be much information to come along with this new Palm device. The photo above shows the Palm Treo stacked up against a BlackBerry 8800. This new Treo is exactly what Palm has needed. As we get more details, we’ll pass them along.

via The Boy Genius Report