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


(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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


BatteryTechnology: Lithium-ion battery
Battery_Build: removable


Built-inaccelerometer: Supported
  • 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


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