I personally taking this news with a huge grain of salt, but there are now rumors that HP will launch 5 additional Palm Pre smartphones in 2011, which apparently does not include the Palm Pre 2 (which is already selling in France).
The informed sources indicated that Palm, which halted production of most of its smartphones early this year due to financial crisis, has recently resumed its orders to contract suppliers, with Foxconn to supply four to five new types of Palm’s smartphones for sale in 2011, and Commpal Communications to deliver one new type. (CENS.com)
Although I personally expect HP to launch 2 new smartphones next year (the Palm Pre as well as the Palm Pixi), 3 additional smartphones sounds rather odd if you ask me.
Palm phones already boast physical buttons as well as a fairly large touchscreen (at least on the Palm Pre that is), and unless HP is planning to roll out the phones in different sizes and features (similar to Motorola’s Droid phones) its best to file this in the rumor department.
Smartphone rumors aside, CENS does go on to confirm the PalmPad’s arrival in 2011, so either way it looks like HP will be making a huge entrance into the mobile scene next year.