Judging by the blue prints that have leaked online, what we are seeing is a compact palmtop with a docking bay on the side for a detachable phone. Or as the official documentation puts it: “compact removable voice handset.”
In a nutshell, it’s a PC with a phone.
Here are more tidbits straight from the text of the patent application:
“In one embodiment, the handset comprises a display and control elements configured for accessing the contact information database of the PDA, adjusting the volume of the handset, and for initiating or ending wireless communications.”
But in our exciting new world of smartphones and tablets, where exactly does this new palmtop fit in the greater scheme of things? Alas, here’s its justification:
“Accordingly, a need exists for an electronic device that is both a palmtop computer system and a cellular phone. Furthermore, a need exists for the above electronic device to allow for the immediacy required for answering a phone call and still allowing for the accessibility of applications running on the palmtop computer system.”
Quite a mouthful, but it does bode well for Palm as the tech press can now officially begin to cross their fingers and endlessly speculate on the kind of product that’s cooking at Palm’s (or rather HP’s, its new parent company) R&D. We can hardly wait too.