Palm unveiled its new Palm webOS mobile platform at CES in early January, and along with it, the first phone made available on the platform, the Palm Pre.
Palm webOS is a brand spanking new kind of platform, invented exclusively for mobile use. Palm Pre and webOS are designed to be so in sync with the user’s needs that it feels like Pre is psychic. Spooky.
Pre features a smooth, rounded ergonomic design and a physical keyboard that slides out only when needed. It is engineered to feel natural in the hand and small in the pocket, unlike some smartphone lumps of plastic and metal. With its curved slider and gesturecontrolled touch interface, Pre looks like a pretty useful handset.
Palm Pre will be available in the US from Sprint in the first half of 2009, and will be followed by a UMTS version for other regions at a later date.