Will the April 2009 date hold for the Palm Pre release?

Posted By on January 31, 2009

Palm PreThere was nicely formatted datasheet (below) on the new Palm Pre  published at PDADB.net and it was interested to see the April 2009 release date, even though it is stated as “expected.” From what I have read, neither Palm or Sprint have said very much about what date the new smartphone will be available. Some suspect that the release date could be further complicated by Apple’s January 20, 2009 “Touchscreen, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics” patent # 7,479,949.

There was also a very interesting article in Engadget from a couple of legal eagles discussing the likely legal battles over the touchscreen technology. According to their review, the jury is still out since Palm has had piles of PDA patents since 1984.  Let’s hope these two companies come to some kind of agreement so we the consumers will end up with a couple competitive products.

Palm Pre Datasheet
Brand: Palm
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Expected;Release:Date: April, 2009

Physical+Attributes

Dimensions
(width x height x depth):
59.57 x 100.53 x 16.95 millimetres
2.3 x 4 x 0.7 inches
BoundingVolume: 101.5 cubecentimetres
Mass: 135 grams (battery included)

Software_Environment

Embedded:Operating+System: Palm webOS 1.0
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Operating+System+Kernel: Linux

Memory,_Storage+capacity

ROM:type: Flash EEPROM
ROM:capacity: 7630 MiB, including 7580MiB user-accessible non-volatile storage
ROM_capacity_in+bytes: 8 GB (billion bytes)
RAMtype: SDRAM
RAMcapacity: 128 MiB

Graphicalsubsystem

DisplayType: color transflective TFT display
Display+Color_Depth: 24 bit/pixel (16777216 scales)
Display;Diagonal: 3.1 ” (79 millimetres)
Display;Resolution: 320 x 480 (153600 pixels)
Viewable:Display_Area: 1.7″ x 2.6″ (43.82 x 65.73 millimetres)
Dot;Pitch: 0.1369 millimetre/pixel

AudioSubsystem

Audio;Channel(s): stereo sound
Analog/Digital Converter
(Recording):
16 bit nominal quantization
44100 Hz sampling frequency
Digital/Analog Converter
(Playing):
16 bit resolution
44100 Hz holding frequency
Microphone(s): mono sound
Loudspeaker(s): mono sound
Audio;Output: 3.5mm plug

Cellular+Phone

Cellular_Networks: CDMA800, CDMA1900
Cellular;Data+Links: cdmaOne, CDMA2000 1xRTT, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rel. 0, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A
Cellular:Antenna: Internal antenna
Call:Alert: 64 -chord melody (polyphonic)
Vibrating:Alert: Supported
Speakerphone+: Supported

Control:Peripherals

Positioning+Device: Multi-touch screen
Primary_Keyboard: Slide-out QWERTY-type keyboard, 35 keys
Automatic keyboard backlight (upon press of any key)
Directional:Pad: Four-way (with action button)
Scroll+Wheel: Not supported

Interfaces

USB: USB 2.0 client, Hi-Speed (480Mbit/s)
USB Series Micro-B (Micro-USB) connector
Bluetooth+(802.15): Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate, Internal antenna
Wireless_LAN/Wi-Fi_(802.11): IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, 54 Mbit/s
Internal antenna
Infrared_Gate: Not supported

Multimedia;Broadcast

Analog;Radio: Not supported
Digital;Media_Broadcast: Not supported

Satellite:Navigation

Built-in+GPS:module: Supported
GPSProtocol: NMEA 0183
GPS:Antenna: Internal antenna
Complementary_GPS+Services: Assisted GPS

Built-in_Digital:Camera

Sensor:Type: CMOS sensor
Resolution: 2048 x1536 pixels (3.15MP)
Autofocus_(AF): Not supported
Optical_Zoom: 1 x
Macro;Mode: Not supported
Built-inFlash: mobile light (LED)
Camcorder: 176×144 pixels
Recordable+ImageFormats: JPG
RecordableVideo+Formats: 3GPP, 3GPP2

PowerSupply

BatteryTechnology: Lithium-ion battery
Battery_Build: removable

AdditionalDetails

Built-inaccelerometer: Supported
AdditionalFeatures:
  • Bluetooth stereo audio profile (A2DP
  • AVRCP)
  • Palm Touchstone charging dock compliant
Related;Page: http://www.palm.com/us/products/phones/pre/index.html
Datasheet:State: Preliminary specifications

Comments

  • Here’s a little bit on the TX OMAP 3430 processor:

    Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 RISC Chipset
    Simplified Technical Specifications

    Type: OMAP 3430
    Manufacturer: Texas Instruments
    Year_Released: 2007
    Characteristics
    CPU+Structure+(complexity): RISC
    Width_of-Machine;Word: 32 bit
    Primary:(RAM);Data_bus: 32 bit
    Instruction:Set
    Supported:Instruction:Set(s): ARMv7
    CPU+Core: ARM Cortex-A8
    Caches
    Level:1_cache: 32KiB data cache / 32 KiB instruction cache
    Technology
    Semiconductor+Technology: CMOS
    Additional+Details
    Special:Features: NEON technology, Jazelle RCT, Embedded TMS320C55x DSP (GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS baseband), 1024KB shared SRAM, 2D/3D graphics acceleration (IVA 2+), dual display support
    Related:Page: http://www.arm.com/products/CPUs/ARM_Cortex-A8.html
    Datasheet+Time: Jan 1, 06 6:00:00

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.