The Palm Pre was revealed at CES, marking Palm’s attempt to make their handheld device competitive in the changing marketplace. The updated version of the Palm handheld, the Palm Pre will present the highly anticipated Palm WebOS to the public. It is something that has been rumored around technology circles for some time now, but with the revealing of the Palm Pre at CES, many questions are finally being answered about where Palm plans to head with their new products.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a yearly event where most of the technology leaders in the industry show of their new “toys”, and the curious public finally get to see what is going to be released within the next year. It is typically where ground-breaking jumps in technology are finally revealed, and where things like updated Blu-Ray players, innovative Plasma HD TV’s, and things like the Palm Pre get their first viewing by the public. It’s also a big thing for the technology companies, because it creates relatively free buzz about what the hottest products are going to be, and it allows them to show what their new gadgets have to offer that will make them better than the competitors.
According to one press release about the Palm Pre, its big selling point will be the new Palm Web-OS. In addition to that, it will have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, GPS, and a few other features that should make it a big seller. The Palm Pre will also have 8 GB of storage, Sprint-bound EVDO Rev A, a 3.1 inch touch screen (320 x 420 display), a removable battery, and a 3.5mm Jack just to name a few of its features. This is a really big step for the Palm Company, who had been lagging behind slightly with recent innovations and releases by companies such as Apple and products like the Blackberry Storm. Now they have a product that will be able to compete in the highly competitive industry of the touch-screen device.
This is not only a really smart move by Palm, but the Palm Pre should be a hot product that can keep up with some of the other touch-screens on the market, and surpass it in several instances. The price point hasn’t been announced just yet, but if Palm can make it an affordable device, it could be a real hot ticket for those customers who have been loyal to Palm products over the years. Time will tell if the industry can support more technology like this in a struggling economy, but it surely will get people talking about Palm products again.
Source: Announcement of Palm Pre (With Picture)