01/05/2009, 03:28 PM
I, for one, am hoping it's not a slider--too thick! I have yet to see a phone with a slider design that I didn't rule out for that reason. I'd be happy with a Treo Pro form factor (though without the fingerprint-attraction!). On the other hand, I also see the benefit of the "show the new" rationale, so I'm hoping they unveil 2 devices with 2 different form factors.
On carriers, I'm hoping they also do a dual approach: announce unlocked GSM versions to be available quickly (like the Pro) and say that there will shortly be a carrier availability announcement--likely Sprint, hopefully with AT&T to follow. Verizon--depends on things like Centro sales numbers, whether the big V sees the potential in Nova. Since Verizon obviously wants something to counter the iPhone (and the BB Storm, with its issues, didn't cut it), can Palm step up? We'll have to see.
IIRC, from some of Ed Colligan's conference call statements, Palm has only recently started talking specifics with carriers--so an unlocked GSM model would be the fastest way to go. No matter what, though, I'm sure they'll use CES to grab everyone's attention with a first look and then close with "more announcements coming soon"...