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Palm Pre

Jan 8, 2009
Market status
Release date
Jun 6, 2009

US carrier availability

Discontinued: Sprint


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  • Low pixel density screen (186 ppi)
  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • It is so thick it needs a personal fitness trainer (0.67 inches inches)
  • Low resolution display (320 x 480 pixels)
  • Low-resolution camera (3 megapixels)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • No front-facing camera




Palm Pre is the first phone to run on the new Web OS, designed to be powerful but easy to use. The Pre features a 3.1" multi-touch screen and a sliding full QWERTY keyboard. It is a CDMA/EV-DO smart phone with Wi-Fi, GPS, 3-megapixel camera with flash, stereo Bluetooth, microUSB, and 8GB of internal memory.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • webOS
  • Dimensions:
    • 3.96 x 2.34 x 0.67 inches (100.5 x 59.5 x 16.9 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.76 oz (135 g)
      the average is 5.3 oz (150 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 3.1 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 320 x 480 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 186 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 47.87 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor


  • Camera:
      • 3 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • Geo tagging
  • Camcorder:
      • Yes


  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, ARM Cortex-A8
  • Built-in storage:
    • 8 GB


  • Talk time:
    • 5.00 hours
      the average is 15 h (890 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 12.5 days (300 hours)
      the average is 18 days (434 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 1150 mAh


  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • EV-DO Rev.A
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS


  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1, EDR
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
    • Voice recording
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  • Officially announced:
    • 08 Jan 2009

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