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Palm introduces new Pre smart phone

Las Vegas, United States, January 9: The pioneer of touch-screen phones, Palm has launched Thursday its new Pre smart phone with a brand new operating system, webOS, at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Palm Pre will be the first phone to run Palm’s new operating system webOS, which is the first mobile platform to automatically bring information from all the places it is located in into one logical view. It will help to connect various applications like multiple calendars, contacts and messaging in a master list.

"Palm products have always been about simplifying lives and delivering great user experiences," said Ed Colligan, Palm president and chief executive officer. "webOS and Pre bring game-changing simplicity to an increasingly mobile world by dissolving the barriers that surround your information. It's technology that seems like it's thinking ahead to bring you what you care about most - your people, your time, and your information - in the easiest and most seamless way."

The Palm Pre is a multi-touch screen device with slide-down QWERTY keyboard and accelerometer, which automatically orients web pages and photos to users’ perspective. Some other features include 3.1-inch size display with a vibrant 24-bit color 320x480 resolution, Wi-Fi, Integrated GPS, stereo Bluetooth, 3.0-megapixel camera with an LED flash and depth and field DSP software and 8GB of storage capacity. The Pre phone weighs 4.8 ounces and is more compact in size than iPhone and other smart phones.

"As our lives revolve more and more around the web, devices like Palm Pre that transform how we interact with the web will lead the way," said Dan Hesse, Sprint chief executive officer. "We are focused on bringing our customers a superior experience that includes easy-to-use devices, simple pricing and value with Simply Everything all-inclusive offerings, plus Ready Now, our exclusive retail program that helps customers leave the store feeling comfortable and confident they know how to use their new device."

Palm Pre smart phone will compete with Research In Motion's BlackBerry and Apple's iPhone. It is scheduled to be available first in United States exclusively from Sprint in the first half of 2009. The pricing for the phone has not yet been determined.