Fall Sprint 4G device lineup; includes HP-Palm webOS 4″ 720p 4G handset and more Android flavors?

Since the acquisition of Palm, HP has been busy behind the scenes cutting staff at Palm and keeping absolute mum about the webOS handset platform. Although we have heard about the PalmPad which runs webOS, which is rumored have the ability to recognize a wacom pen while functioning as a capacitive touchscreen. But what about webOS on a handset carrier configuration? Does Sprint ring a bell?

According to sources, the HP C40, formally the Palm C40, which was spotted in Sprint’s system all the way back in January, and is still an active device, although probably under a different codename at this time. The above device render is a nice rendition of a Palm Pre style device, but HP-Palm may be ditching the keyboard altogether in order to compete with the current crop of large, touch-screen devices. In addition, Sprint may be the carrier of choice for launch because of it’s recent success with the HTC EVO, a 4G (WiMax) capable device.

Sprint’s rumored Q3/Q4 2010 lineup:

  1. According to sources, the HP c40 is a revamped version of the original Palm C40. It appears as HP is putting all it’s manufacturing muscle behind this handset because some of the specs are down-right impressive. The first new HP webOS powered flagship device is rumored to consist of a 4″ high resolution screen, Super LCD or LCD screen, 8MP camera, with 720p video recording. Not much else is know of the device except that HP/Palm are tweaking the UI somewhat to make the web browsing experience even faster and the gesture area more useful on the handset. All told, the handset is expected to roll out in late Q3 or early Q4 of this year in order to coincide in time for Holiday shopping season and Sprint’s 4G expansion in more cities. Expected release date: late Q3/ early Q4 2010.
  2. Samsung Epic, which is a already has a place-holder on Sprint’s site, and comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard and well as a Swipe touch screen version, 5 MP camera, 720p video recording and virtually the same specs as the as the rest of the Galaxy S line. Expected release date: Q3 2010
  3. LG LS680, or dubbed as the Gisele (which has already passed WiFi certification back in March 2010 [.PDF warning]) and was originally expected to be released at CTIA back in January, has been placed on hold because LG pushed back this particular model to accompany the release of 4G technology in the mid to later parts of 2010. The device is rumored to be released with a 3.7 AMOLED screen (possibly a Super-LCD because of Samsung’s manufacturing delays), 5MP camera, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 750 MHz processor (although at this point we would assume at least a 1GHz is the next logical upgrade), Android 2.2 and taking cues from the distinct build quality and style similar to the LG Prada line. Expected release date: Q4 2010.
  4. LG Panther – a windows powered phone that was outed last February on Engadget. We know the the phone is expect to hit T-Mobile and CDMA carriers later this year, but we believe that Microsoft and LG want to right on the 4G bandwagon (whether it is Verizon or Sprint is undetermined at this point) and build a similar device with roughly the same specifications: AMOLED 720 x 1280 pixels, 3.8″ total size, 5MP camera, 130 MHz processor, QWERTY,  and a 1400 mAh battery. Again, this is a rumor and not known for sure but it would surely help Windows Phone 7 to kick out a couple of starter, WP7 based phones by the end of this year. Expected release date: Q4 2010.
  5. HTC SABOR – although a sexy sounding device with a rumored 2GHz processor, 1000 to 1270 resolution, 10 MP camera on rear with front facing of unknown specs, and 1080p video recording. Sounds fantastic and I would probably be the first in line to get one. The problem? According to various, credible sources here, here and here, it doesn’t sound like this one is completely real. I am not knocking HTC at all, if anyone can build this phone, I would place all bets on HTC. It is the specs that concern me here. 2GHz processor? In a world where cost = profit, why would HTC jump a whole 1GHz and leapfrog the competition, certainly to eat directly into it’s profit because as we know, carriers are only willing to subsidize a handset so much, before it’s starts to eat into customer acquisition costs and therefore profit. I can say that a 1GHz to even 1.5 GHz may be plausible and 1080p video recording with 10MP camera a little closer to reality, this type of phone by HTC may or may not see market this year. But you can sure expect something ‘similar’, albeit, with some lower specs to hit a 4G network near you. Expected release date: Q4 2010/O1 2011.
  6. Sprint maybe is launching an Android 4G tablet of their own that will run on their 3G/4G netork. Built by Cisco, the Cius tablet is packing a LOT of business power. This seems to be geared towards the on-the-go business traveler that may not want to bust out the laptop after checking into the Courtyard Suites. According to Cisco’s site, the Cius tablet packs some punch and comes with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data and Bluetooth 3.0 device, capable of HD video (720p), powered by Android OS, has a host of business collaboration applications including Cisco Quad, Cisco Show and Share, WebEx, Presence, and IM for your chatty needs. The screen size is 7″ of high-resolution color with contact-based touch targets giving you an intuitive feel to the device, comes with a detachable and serviceable 8-hour battery,  HD audio and highly secure remote connections with Cisco AnyConnect Security VPN Client. Expected release date: late Q3/Q4 2010.

[Via (emailed to me) Smartphone Community]

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8 Responses to Fall Sprint 4G device lineup; includes HP-Palm webOS 4″ 720p 4G handset and more Android flavors?

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