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Palm Pre Follow-up Revealed

Gordon Kelly


Palm Pre Follow-up Revealed

Loving the look of the Palm Pre but fearing it may prove too rich for your blood? Look what just revealed itself...

Yep, we have the second Palm handset to be based upon its stupendously exciting WebOS operating system. Codenamed the 'Palm EOS', what we have is a lovely tweak on the established Palm Treo/Centro design with a candybar Qwerty layout and some rather tasty specs.

Perhaps most noticeable are the dimensions which at just 111 x 55 x 10.6mm make the EOS the slimmest Qwerty smartphone to date (usurping the lovely Nokia E71). On top of this you'll get a 2.63in 320 x 480 capacitive display (yum), HSDPA, WiFi, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and 4GB storage plus a microSD expansion slot (note: omitted on the Pre). The 1150mAh battery is also apparently capable an impressive four hours 3G talk time.

One downer is the 2MP camera which lacks autofocus but does at least pack in a flash and video recording capabilities. On the upside however is decent codec support for WAV, MP3, AAC, AAC+, MPEG4, H.264, H.263 and in there. That said, perhaps the best bit is yet to come: price. Reports claim the EOS will retail for just $349 sim free (£235) which could make it the must have budget smartphone of 2009.

See Apple, when you have a killer OS you put it on a range of handset form factors across different budgets. Are we learning yet...?


via Engadget

Luan Bach

May 1, 2009, 7:54 pm

2.63in 320 x 480, that has got to be the densest screen on the market ?


May 1, 2009, 8:15 pm

I doubt the render, all the letters on the keyboard and pointing directly at the user when the phone is offset.

Brian ONeill

May 1, 2009, 8:17 pm

Looks nice, i have been looking a new qwerty phone for the wife. She never uses the camera or the music player. She uses it for email/web so this type of thing is perfect.


May 1, 2009, 8:18 pm

The Blackberry Bolds' screen is more dense. 2.5 inches with the same resolution.


May 1, 2009, 8:23 pm

@Ohmz - technically that makes it less dense!

@Gnormie - we'll see but I'm hearing multiple reports that it's on the money


May 1, 2009, 8:34 pm

Ive been interested in the Pre (and now therefore this handset) for some time. Im an avid smartphone user and have had Windows Smartphone, Windows Mobile and Symbian in the past and now I have a BB storm. My worry with WebOS will be that it may attract Open source support - but will it attract big name support. Tomtom for satnav and the BBC for an iplayer app for example?


May 1, 2009, 8:42 pm

@ Gordon, check again...


May 1, 2009, 8:45 pm

@Ohmz - same pixel count on a physically smaller screen = higher pixel density.


May 1, 2009, 8:47 pm

@ Gordon. That's what I said, look at my comment again in response to Luan Bach.


May 1, 2009, 9:04 pm

whoops ;)


May 2, 2009, 3:17 am

Think ohmz is right on this one Gordon, 320*480 on 2.5 inches is more dense than 320*480 on 2.63

This definately looks interesting though, I have been following the pre with some interest for quite a while and now this looks even better for my needs.


May 2, 2009, 1:20 pm

the touch diamond is more dense too i think. 2.8" and 640*480.


May 2, 2009, 11:02 pm

@Ohmz - apologies, I misread your argument. Yes, as we were both arguing: same pixel count on a physically smaller screen = higher pixel density.


May 4, 2009, 1:51 am

What about a 3" screen with a resolution of 800x480?

The Toshiba G900: http://pdadb.net/index.php?...

Still not a great phone from what I could gather. I've never seen one myself though.

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