Another potential ‘iphone killer’, Palm’s Pre has a similar touchscreen interface which can be controlled by fingertip gestures, but trumps the king of superphones through the welcome provision of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, three megapixel camera with LED flash function and copy-and-paste MMS functions.
A 3.1 inch display, GPS, Wi-Fi, 8GB storage, Bluetooth and accelerometer are standard, but it’s the Pre’s Web OS interface which is garnering most interest from smartphone watchers. Preview reports from its January launch at CES say its web browsing and seamless applications integration outclasses all-comers to date.
Look out for it in Australia around mid-2009.
As listed on the US Palm site, the specs are:
High-speed connectivity (EVDO Rev. A or UMTS HSDPA)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
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)(4)
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: 59.57 x 100.53 x 16.95 mm (in closed position, W x L x D)