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Palm Unveils iPhone Competitor, the Pre
By MATT RICHTEL
LAS VEGAS - Seeking to revive its sharply fallen fortunes and produce a successor to its aging Treo device, Palm unveiled a new smartphone, the Pre, on Thursday and an exclusive partnership with Sprint to distribute it.

Palm says the device and the new operating system inside of it, Web OS, break new ground in the fiercely competitive smartphone market. The phone's selling points include an emphasis on fast Web browsing and efficient multitasking.

The sleek black phone comes with 8 gigabytes of storage, GPS navigational capabilities and Wi-Fi. It has a 3.1-inch touch-screen display as well as a slide-out keyboard.

The Pre and the new operating system will "redefine the center of your access point to the Internet," said Ed Colligan, president and chief executive of Palm, in a press briefing at the Consumer Electronics Show here. He added: "The default thinking of this platform isn't to hook up to a desktop PC, it is to connect to the cloud" - meaning data stored on the Internet.

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Mr. Colligan showed off the phone's sophisticated touch-screen interface and a single e-mail in-box that pulls in mail from work and personal accounts. Unlike the iPhone, the Pre combines Internet instant messaging and traditional phone-based text messaging into a single program. The phone charges on a special charging platform without the need to attach a cable.

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Craig Wiseman January 8th, 2009 02:42:04 PM

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