Palm Pre Officially Announced

Posted: 10 January, 2009 in Gadgets & Toys, Tech & The Net
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palm-pre-qwerty-po-lJust after a few days after I bought a new phone …

Anyway, I welcome the news. This is Palm’s new PalmOS2, Nova, running under the hood. I like the design,  the slider keyboard, but personally I think the N97 slide/flip keyboard is way cooler.

Here’s the spec from Palm as reported by PalmInfoCenter.

 

  • High-speed connectivity (EVDO Rev. A or UMTS HSDPA)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Integrated GPS
  • Large 3.1-inch touch screen with a vibrant 24-bit color 320×480 resolution HVGA display
  • Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Email, including Outlook EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers), as well as personal email support (POP3, IMAP)
  • Robust messaging support (IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)
  • High-performance, desktop-class web browser
  • Great multimedia experience and performance (pictures, video playback, music), featuring a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and extended depth of field, and a standard 3.5mm headset jack
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
  • 8GB of internal user storage (~7.4GB user available)
  • USB mass storage mode
  • MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Proximity sensor, which automatically disables the touch screen and turns off the display whenever you put the phone up to your ear
  • Light sensor, which dims the display if the ambient light is dark, such as at night or in a movie theater, to reduce power usage
  • Accelerometer, which automatically orients web pages and photos to your perspective
  • Ringer switch, which easily silences the device with one touch
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • Dimensions: 59.57mm (W) x 100.53mm (L, closed) x 16.95mm (D) [2.35 inches (W) x 3.96 inches (L, closed) x 0.67 inches (D)]
  • Weight: ~135 grams [4.76 ounces]

It’ didn’t say if it has a slot for additional storage though, but with 8GB of internal storage, it might not have one. Going the way of the ipod touch, perhaps.

Looking at this screenshot, the looks is totally different from the old Garnet based devices. It looks good, and might just be the device that’ll save Palm.

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Hopefully this Plam Pre doesn’t follow the way of the Foleo, only to be cancelled a few months after it’s grand announcement.

More photos of the Palm Pre here. And preview video at Gizmodo.

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