Palm Leaks Details On Foleo

Palm Leaks Details On Foleo

May 30, 2007

By: Christopher Meinck

Details on the new mystery product from Palm founder Jeff Hawkins appears to be a "smartphone companion" product and something that will work with the Treo, rather than replace it. Palm is expected to officially announce Foleo today at the D: All Things Digital conference.

Ahead of the official release from Palm, here are the specifications and details of Palm Foleo.

  • Foleo has a large screen and full size keyboard to view and edit email and office documents. Edits made on Foleo automatcially are reflected on its paired smartphone and vice versa.
  • Foleo and its paired smartphone stay syncronized throughout the day or at the touch of a button
  • Foleo turns and and off instantly, features fast navigation, a compact and elegant design, and a battery that lasts up to 5 hours of use.
  • U.S. availability for Foleo begins this summer with pricing expected to be $499 after an introductory $100 rebate
  • Built on an opoen Linux-based platform, Palm hopes to replicate earler success with developers by drawing a large community to create new applications that will extend the mobile companions’s capabilities. Palm has partnered with DataViz and Opera Software.

Jeff Hawkins, founder of Palm and visionary behind Foleo said, "Foleo is the most excitig product I have ever worked on. Smartphones will be the most prevalent personal computers on the planet, ultimately able to do everything that desktop computers can do. However, there are times when people need a large screen and full-size keyboard. As smartphones get smaller, this need increases. The Foleo completes the picture creating a mobile computing system that sets a new standard in simplicity."

"As we did with the PalmPilot more than a decade ago, and more recently with the Treo smartphone, Palm is driving innovation and capatilizing on emerging opportunities in mobile computing, a market full of potential", said Ed Colligan, CEO of Palm, Inc. "The Palm Foleo represents our first product in a new line of solutions that will redefine how people work while away from their desks. It starts today with a focus on wirless email, and we expect Foleo to grow in features and expand its capabilities as the platform grows."

Thanks TreoCentral!

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