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Mystery T-Swivel Phone Is Compal Tesco, Still Could be Palm

We were fascinated by a mysterious T-swivel handset last week, only to discover, a couple of days later that it’s supposed to the Palm Roteo, a prototype handset. After this story seemed to become less appealing to bloggers, Pocketables and Engadget Mobile did some digging and found out more stuff about the phone…

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Turns out that its first photos were take during Computex 2008 and that the handset is manufactured by Compal, a Taiwanese company. Of course, the T-swivel cellphone remains a prototype, codenamed Tabasco, but it might still hit the Palm lineup for 2009. Tabasco uses a pretty big display (4.5 to 5 inches) and comes with a 3.5 megapixel camera with rear flash, all of those in a 6.3 x 3.3 x 1.4 inches case.

Palm has worked with Compal before, ordering no less than 5 million units from them this summer, which many have claimed to be Windows Mobile devices. All in all, Tabasco seems more like a MID to us, than the average smartphone with a hot form factor, but we’ll probably get a better answer at CES 2009.

[via treocentral]