Palm Pre to go on sale June 6

May 19, 2009
Palm Inc., a pioneer in handheld devices but suffering hard times lately, announced Tuesday that its much-anticipated new smartphone, the Palm Pre, seen here at a tradeshow in January 2009, would go on sale in the United States on June 6.

Palm Inc., a pioneer in handheld devices but suffering hard times lately, announced Tuesday that its much-anticipated new smartphone, the Palm Pre, would go on sale in the United States on June 6.

The Pre will cost 199.99 dollars after a 100-dollar mail-in rebate and will be available through US wireless carrier . It comes with a two-year service agreement.

Named "Best in Show" at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the touch-screen Pre is being seen as the device which could help revive the fortunes of struggling Palm.

The Pre features a new Palm webOS operating system that allows users to move seamlessly from one application to another, as with a desktop computer, and it can run multiple applications at the same time.

Palm came out with some of the first personal digital assistants (PDAs) but the Sunnyvale, California-based company has been lagging behind rivals Nokia, Apple and Research in Motion, maker of the Blackberry, in recent years.

Pricewise, the Pre is comparable to Apple's hot-selling iPhone. It is going on sale two days ahead of Apple's WorldWide Developers Conference, when Apple is expected to roll out updates for the iPhone.

Sprint, which has been losing ground to rivals AT&T and Verizon, is also counting on a good performance by the Pre.

The was unveiled to rave reviews at the CES in Las Vegas in January.

Encased in an ergonomic black plastic case, the Pre is slightly smaller than other smartphones. In addition to the touch-screen offered by rival models such as Apple's iPhone it also offers a slideout QWERTY keyboard.

Other features of the Pre include a Web browser, Wi-Fi, integrated GPS, stereo Bluetooth, a three-megapixel camera, and eight gigabytes of internal storage space.

The Palm webOS mobile platform is also open to other developers to write programs for the device and Internet titans such as Yahoo!, , and are among its partners.

Palm's shares were lower in mid-day trading in New York, losing 67 cents, or 5.56 percent, to 11.39 dollars.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Palm seeking applications for Pre smartphone

Apr 02, 2009

Palm is inviting outside developers to tailor applications for eagerly-awaited Pre smartphones that will be taking on heavyweights such as iPhone and BlackBerry.

Palm Pre Smartphone Takes CES 2009 By Storm

Jan 14, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Palm prē smartphone arose out of the doldrums and took CES 2009 by storm. Palm appeared to be down for the count among the likes of Apple, Samsung and Research In Motion. Palm lured ...

Palm Delivers New Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Palm TX Handheld

Oct 13, 2005

For a generation of professionals on the go who want affordable Wi-Fi to access the information that matters to them, Palm, Inc. today introduced the Palm TX handheld. At an aggressively priced $299, the Palm ...

Recommended for you

Ear-check via phone can ease path to diagnosis

23 hours ago

Ear infections are common in babies and young children. That it is a frequent reason for young children's visit to doctors comes as no consolation for the parents of babies tugging at their ears and crying ...

Gift Guide: Home products come with connectivity

Dec 18, 2014

Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what?

BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

Dec 17, 2014

(AP)—BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones—and most smartphone customers—have embraced touch screens.

Tag Heuer changes tune, now looking at smartwatches

Dec 16, 2014

Barely a few months after dismissing Apple's smartwatch, the new chief executive of luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer conceded Tuesday that such a hi-tech gadget might after all have a place in his firm's ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.