Palm makes Centro smartphone official

Palm_centro_redAfter months of speculation, leaked details, and blurry photos, the Palm Centro was finally deemed official today at DigitalLife in New York.

Available for preorder tomorrow, the $99 smartphone is expected to be released through Sprint on October 14 in ruby red and onyx black. Measuring 4.22" x 2.11" x 0.73" and weighing in at just 4.2 ounces, the Centro is Palm’s smallest and lightest phone to date.

Other highlights of the Palm OS (Garnet 5.4.9) device include EV-DO mobile broadband connectivity, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 1.2, and 1.3-megapixel digital camera.

Additional pictures below and at the Palm website.




[Press Release | Palm Infocenter]
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3 thoughts on “Palm makes Centro smartphone official

  • Avatar of Bush -- not related

    Did anyone read Palm CEO’s incredibly snide and dismissive comments about Apple’s then-upcoming foray into the cellphone biz?

    As a longtime Palm user (well, as Sony designs it…) and Applefanboy, I found myself shaking my head at what seemed the surest sign (remember, this is before the Foleo and its inevitable fold) that Palm has its head up its collective .. um… armpit. This news merely reinforces that impression.

    THIS IS IT? This is all they can offer us? This company shows less innovation than MS, a company not known for its forward thinking (“if we can’t buy it pre-designed or copy it from Apple, it ain’ worth our effort…”). If I were a palm stockholder I’d be outraged. Ok, I’m outraged despite not being a stockholder.


  • Well, my iPhone definitely has nothing to worry about. Its place in my purse isn’t threatened at all (not that the Centro is trying to take on the iPhone, of course, but you know what I mean).

    I’ve read a few hands-on reports and early impressions that have called the Centro revolutionary in terms of form factor, but I fail to see what all the fuss is about. I am a fan of the Treo and the Palm OS, though, so I can see the appeal of a cheap “Treo lite” for a more youthful audience and/or people who’ve always been mildly interested in smartphones but were never keen on their size and relative un-pocketability.

    It would be nice to see the Centro spark a little price war, but what is its main competition? The new Sidekicks for the young ones? A small Windows Mobile phone (my finger isn’t on the pulse of phone news, so I don’t know which one I’d be referring to here) for everyone else?

  • Avatar of Chris K

    It’s as revolutionary as the Blackberry Pearl, in almost exactly the same ways.

    Really, when you think about it, the Pearl added multimedia, but that was a given. It was, however, TINY. The Centro is the same way, marking the first big step away from giant, clunky smartphones. The fact that they’ve given it a high-speed radio and an ultra-low pricepoint can’t hurt, either.

    If they’ve improved the Bluetooth stack, then it’s a good basic hardware platform for a few years, while they revamp the PalmOS to something a little more suitable for modern users. PalmOS in a 640×480 screen, for example, with multitasking and a solid modern browser, would be a godsend. An improved touch-based UI, with gesture recognition, would probably help too, with or without multitouch.

    Hardware-wise, they need to start looking at Wifi, and maybe a form factor closer to the HTC S710/730. A larger QWERTY keyboard is rarely a bad idea, and Palm definitely knows a thing or two about making usable thumbboards. It’s the one thing that I could never gripe about from three generations of Treos.


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