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Will Users Want Palm's 'Companion?'

May 31, 2007, 00:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Needle)

"Palm, the company that pioneered the market for PDAs with its namesake product, is pushing the envelope of innovation again. Today, Palm founder Jeff Hawkins showed off the Palm Foleo, described as its first 'smartphone companion' product. Palm, of course, also makes the Treo line of smartphones.

"In a webcast at the D5 conference in San Diego, Hawkins and other Palm officials demonstrated the Foleo, which is slated to ship this summer for $499. The sleek, 2.5 lbs. Foleo features a 10-inch screen, instant on, full QWERTY (standard) keyboard and a battery life of up to five hours. Built-in applications include e-mail, Web browsing and editors or viewers for commonly used business applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files.

"Though you can edit files for the Microsoft apps, Foleo doesn't use Windows. It uses Linux. Palm said it also expects to make several new application announcements after the Foleo ships. Wi-Fi connectivity is also included along with Bluetooth..."

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