Meet the Palm Pre and new webOS

palm pre webos

Palm has announced their “new-ness” : a new smartphone called the Palm Pre, powered by the new Palm OS called webOS (formerly code named Nova).

Palm Pre (what’s with the name?) certainly looks like a nice phone. I agree with Carlo Longino over at MobHappy, with the new Pre, Palm has caught up with the market leaders (iPhone, Android) but have not surpassed them. I’ll write up more on my thoughts on the new smartphone and operating system over the weekend.

Here are the specifications :
3G EVDO Rev A (Sprint only right now)
3.1-inch touch screen with a 24-bit color 320×480 resolution display
Slide-out, vertical physical QWERTY keyboard
Email support (Microsoft Outlook email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology, POP3/IMAP for Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc).
Integrated IM, SMS, and MMS
Built-in GPS
3 megapixel camera with LED flash and extended depth of field
Ambient light, accelerometer, and proximity sensors
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2, 801.1x authentication
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
Memory
8GB of user storage, with USB mass storage support
Phone as laptop mode, including Bluetooth tethering
3.5mm stereo headset jack
Palm Touchstone (wireless induction) charging dock