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Palm has confirmed its next-gen smartphone is to be called the Centro and that it's due to hit North American store shelves this coming autumn, initially courtesy of carrier Sprint.

It was Sprint that prompted the admission. The carrier spilled the beans on the Centro yesterday at a technology conference. It revealed the handset - claimed to be Palm's smallest yet - will run the Palm OS and support EvDO high-speed cellular data connectivity.

Palm later told website Palm Infocenter that these details were correct, but it refused to say anything about specific release dates, prices or what the phone will look like.

That will inevitably send Palm fans back to the pics that appeared on the web a couple of months ago:

Palm 'Gandalf' next-gen Treo? - image courtest Morning Paper Palm 'Gandalf' next-gen Treo? - image courtesy TreoCentral
Palm's Gandolf: the Centro design?

These were said to show a device codenamed 'Gandolf' - presumably not a typo but an attempt to avoid legal action from JRR Tolkien's estate - that, as you can see, sports a new look.

Palm did say Centro will feature a design intended to appeal to younger consumers, and it's hard not to see that goal in Gandolf's looks.

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