Palm Pre Set for UK Launch Next Week

Press invites go out for major event.

The wait is nearly over…

More than six months have passed since Palm dished out a little shock + awe in unveiling the Pre at CES. Perhaps more significantly, it has been almost a month since those lucky Americans got their hands on the tasty smartphone but now it is our turn.

Palm has called a press event for next week in which it will announce the UK launch of the WebOS based handset as well as unveil what is expected to be an exclusive network partner. Our spies tell us that all the earlier rumours were indeed correct and O2 has sealed the deal with the Carphone Warehouse also selling the handset in a move which virtually mirrors the duo’s arrangement with Apple for the iPhone.

We do worry however that this capture will convince the O2 to price match the Pre with the extortionate tariffs dealt out with the iPhone 3GS. *Winces*

As a brief reminder the Pre is a slider with physical Qwerty keyboard, 3.1in multi-touch capable capacitive touchscreen, HSDPA, WiFi, GPS, a 3.2MP camera, Webkit browser and 8GB of native storage. On the plus side it supports multi-tasking via its ingenious ‘cards’ UI but lacks a memory expansion slot, Flash web browsing and video recording.

So there’s a week to kill before we get all the official details. I suggest you fill part of it by reading my Palm Pre first impressions

Palm Pre UK

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