In a dramatic reboot of the company's smartphone line and mobile OS market share, Palm is preparing to release the Palm Pre, a modern and wholly-unfamiliar Palm Smartphone with a new operating system, the webOS, a sleek, sliding design and a slew of new technologies.
Along with its sliding QWERTY thumb keyboard, the Pre includes an HVGA 3.1" capacitive multi-touch LCD touchscreen, EVDO Rev A mobile broadband, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1, aGPS, a 3MP camera with LED flash, 8GB of internal flash storage, an accelerometer, a proximity sensor (to switch off the screen when it's at your ear) and a USB 2.0 data connection.
Unfortunately, there is no
onboard memory slot -- though about 7 of the 8GB of onboard storage is available for use.
Palm is also releasing an optional Touchstone, which wirelessly charges the Pre when the smartphone is resting on the device.
The Palm Pre is now available from Sprint wireless for $199 after a two-year service agreement and mail-in rebate.