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Palm 'Mansion' coming: 800x480, no physical keyboard

by Dieter Bohn Mon, 04 Oct 2010 3:16 pm EDT

  Palm Mansion

Device rumors surrounding Palm smartphones are starting to heat up. After we saw the P102 appear in a certification database (and subsequently get pulled) and heard that we might see something in October, another very reliable tipster has written in that Palm is planning a new device - which may or may not be the same thing as the P102.

The phone is codenamed 'mansion.' It is to have a 800x480 screen and it will not have a physical keyboard - a design decision that's very interesting given that we assumed that virtual keyboard code buried in webOS 2.0 was meant for the PalmPad.

We know that webOS scales easily so we're not concerned about a smartphone with a virtual keyboard from that standpoint - but we'll be curious to see if Palm can rise above the mix of 'pretty good' virtual keyboards on Android phones and get theirs up to par with the iPhone and Windows Phone.

Does a slate-style webOS device without a physical keyboard interest you? How about an 800x480 screen?

Thanks Anonymous!

(Update: As ToniCipriani cleverly notes in the comments, the Palm Pre was codenamed 'Castle,' which is mansion-esque, eh?)