Details are emerging about Palm’s expected launch of its latest smartphone and operating system at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show.

The new handset is to have a full QWERTY keyboard that will slide down under a portrait-oriented touchscreen.

This, and the new Nova operating system, are to be launched Thursday, according to CrunchGear.

Faced with mounting losses and weak smartphone sales, the success of the new phone and Linux-based operating system could very well decide the company’s fate.

It should be clearer by the end of the week whether Palm’s offerings will enable it to succeed with its plan to position itself somewhere between RIM’s BlackBerry and Apple’s iPhone.

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