Palm Releasing Smaller Pre-Like WebOS Smartphone This Year

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An apparently reliable source at Palm has told TechCrunch that Palm is "very far along" on a second, smaller Pre-like device to be marketed as soon as this fall, 2009. Pre nano, anybody?

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Details are scarce, but the device is rumored to be both smaller and thinner than the Pre, which may mean we're looking at a phone with the QWERTY keyboard replaced by a soft keyboard. It is assuredly not the "Pre 2," since it's too soon for Palm to be this far along on that project, but it will run Palm's ballyhooed WebOS.

The main factor here seems to be the device's size, hence TechCrunch's moniker "Mini-Pre." We'll keep you updated when and if more info comes in on this mysterious Palm project. [TechCrunch]

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OK, I hate to be a "Negative-Nancy" but don't you have to release your first phone before you start talking about new phones? This is my #1 least favorite thing to read about these days. I'm sick of the Palm Pre buzz. They won't give a release date, they just keep pushing back further and further into the future. I was really excited to when the first announced the Pre, until they announced it's going to Sprint. That killed it for me. So Palm, just keep leaking out these little tidbits to try to keep the buzz for the Pre alive, so when or I should say IF it every gets release people will pay it some attention. BTW those people are not me.