Stupid Palm. We tried to stop by their ‘booth’ at CES, but come 4pm on Saturday they had already packed up and headed home. I guess they didn’t think that their struggling company needed more than a few hours of press attention. Additionally, they couldn’t even bother to place a sign up saying they had gone home and left it up to the semi positive security guard to inform us of the news. But, who would I be TO not at least post on the device.
So yes, Palm released an all new touchscreen device called the PRE. It’s running something they call a webOS and from some of the videos I’ve seen it looks pretty slick. A big advantage over the iPhone is its ability to run more than one application at a time. Much like the iPhone they’re offering threaded text messages, but have taken a queue from RIM and placed AIM and texts into one application (emails are not included in there) and are launching an app store. At the foot of the phone is a touchpanel that perhaps looks more complicated than its worth, but without a true hands on I can’t really say. Like all Palm phones they’re is a slide out QWERTY keyboard. I’m not sure where they got the technology from, but much like Powermat tech we saw, Palm has included a wireless charging stand – called the ‘Touchstone’ - that uses magnetic induction. No word on price or release date, but rumor says about $399 without a contract and $149 with a contract. The phone is expected to hit Sprint stores this summer, but another rumor says production will be limited to a few hundred thousand due to screen shortages.
- Palm webOS
- 3G EVDO Rev A
- 3.1-inch touchscreen (320×480)
- QWERTY slide out keyboard
- Microsoft Outlook with PUSH for email
- Media player compatible with a variety of codecs
- WiFi b/g
- 8GB on board storage
- micro USB input
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- 2.3×3.9x.67-inch (WxHxT)
Official product page here