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Palm denies Foleo delay

Palm denied a recent industry report that its new Foleo mini-notebook would be delayed and said the device was still on target to launch in the U.S. “this summer,” or by the end of the third quarter.

The company was responding to a report suggesting that bugs in Foleo’s software will delay the launch of the device from the end of August to as late as early October. The software bugs are preventing Foleo from correctly synchronizing data with Palm’s Treo smartphone, according to a report posted Wednesday on Barron’s Tech Trader Daily blog. The report was based on an earlier research note by a Deutsche Bank analyst.

Palm unveiled Foleo in May, calling it a 2.5-pound “smartphone companion.” The device will initially only be able to sync up with Palm’s own Treo smartphones. Foleo allows users to read their office documents more easily on its 10-inch display than on a cramped smartphone screen and type e-mail messages more easily on its full keyboard than on a thumb-operated keypad.

Palm insisted on Friday that it was still on track to meet its original shipping schedule for Foleo.

“As stated on May 30, U.S. availability for the Palm Foleo mobile companion will begin this summer. We will let you know if this changes,” said Jim Christensen, Palm’s director of communications.

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