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What 5-6 Palm Devices Will Launch in 2011?

Nov 8 2010, 2:05pm CST | by , in Rumors | Mobile Phones

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What 5-6 Palm Devices Will Launch in 2011?
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7" and 10" tablet en route?

The Palm Pre 2 has been revealed. So what's next for webOS? Surely HP has something better than a mere sequel planned for 2011? If CENS is right, they most certainly do.

Foxconn and Compal have both signed contracts to produce Palm devices. The former will supply four to five new devices for 2011, while Compal will bring one new device. All of these gadgets will run webOS and one of them will be the PalmPad. Foxconn is believed to be the manufacturer for the tablet.

SlashGear reports that folks with the webOS wiki have dug through the webOS 2.0 build's guts for references to new devices. They found several names: Broadway. Windsor, Mantaray, Stingray and Roadrunner.

None of these devices have leaked in detail yet. That said, I've done a highly un-scientific analysis of the names to bring you some predictions for their focus.

Broadway: High-end webOS smartphone with a big screen. Come on, the word "broad" is right there in the name!

Mantaray: 10" tablet. This will be the PalmPad everyone has speculated so much about. It will have a display somewhere in the 8.9"-10.1" range. Since Mantas are the largest species of ray, we may see Palm launch a smaller, 7" tablet and market it as the...

Stingray: I admit, at this point, we are relying entirely on my knowledge of ichthyology for speculation. Still, there's a nice symmetry to the idea. Smaller form-factor tablets have been gaining in popularity in the last few months. While the Tab isn't an iPad killer, it IS expected to break 1 million sales this year. HP may decide to try both form-factors on for size and see which attracts an audience.

Roadrunner: I'm guessing this will be a low-end phone, maybe with a sliding QWERTY keyboard and a focus on messaging.

Windsor: I have no idea what this could be. A new version of the Pre shaped like Prince Edward's forehead?

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