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Mysterious Palm smartphone delay rumors

Mysterious Palm smartphone delay rumors

According to the latest rumors, ODM handset manufacturer Compal Communications is facing delays in producing "shipments of smartphones to Palm from mid-year to the end of the year"; the company has also reportedly seen orders from Motorola canceled.  While likely to prompt much speculation about the state of the Pre, the report - which originated in Chinese-language paper Commercial Times - fails to mention any specific Palm device.

Update: Palm speaks - after the cut

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Viliv S5 gets unboxed, compared to VAIO P & Compal MID

Viliv S5 gets unboxed, compared to VAIO P & Compal MID

Since we're still waiting to hear when the Viliv S5 MID will land in Europe or the US, our unboxing joy will have to be achieved vicariously through photoshoots like UMPC Fever's.  They've managed to score one of the 4.8-inch touchscreen handhelds, and have photos not only of the unboxing but of the GUI, accessories and even a few group shots with the Sony VAIO P and what looks to be Compal's MID.

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Compal APA00 and APA01 touchscreen HD-capable PMPs

Compal APA00 and APA01 touchscreen HD-capable PMPs

Compal have quietly unveiled two new internet-connected touchscreen PMPs, the APA00 (black) and APA01 (white).  Each has DVB-T digital TV, the ability to record to a 1.8-inch internal hard-drive, native HD support up to 1080i, and WiFi b/g.  Control is via the 7-inch, 800 x 480 touchscreen, with both PMPs running the uCLinux operating system with a custom finger-friendly GUI.

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Compal Tabasco is mysterious T-Swivel MID: coming to CES 2009?

Compal Tabasco is mysterious T-Swivel MID: coming to CES 2009?

The mysterious T-swivelling MID that was mistakenly identified by some as the Palm Roteo has been correctly traced back to Compal, in the shape of their Tabasco MID concept.  On show at Computex 2008 back in June, the non-working handheld was meant to demonstrate a 4.5-inch (or 5-inch) touchscreen device with a 3.2-megapixel rear camera with 2x optical zoom and flash plus a front-facing webcam.

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