What recession? That was sort of the feeling during last week’s Consumer Electronics Show anytime a new product was announced. Among the most notable big announcements on the mobile front was the one from Palm, with the company officially announcing its latest handset: the Palm Pre.
The Palm Pre is running on the new Palm Web OS, and the handset sports a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, which is conveniently located below the bright 3.1-inch touch screen. The key bullet points about the phone include:
- Sprint-bound EVDO Rev A
- 8 GB storage
- 802.11b/g WiFi
- Slideout QWERTY keyboard
- 3.1? inch touchscreen, 320?480 display
- Accelerometer, Proximity, and Ambient light sensors
- 3.5mm jack
- Removable battery
- 4.8 ounces
- MicroUSB connector
- Mass storage support
Mobile TV for Free
The other notable news from the show is that mobile TV is coming (we’ve heard that before) and it will likely be free. This was the word from the Open Mobile Video Coalition, but the news is actually confusing and frankly was poorly disseminated during the group’s lackluster press conference. What we heard was that a few test markets still need to be chosen before there is any rollout in the top 63 markets. Washington, D.C. will likely be among the first markets – and that is fitting for political reasons (and the first HDTV test stations were in this market as well).
The downside from what was reported is that broadcasters might not even get their hands on any of this new technology for a while, and it probably won’t be until the second half of the year or later until this technology is up and in place. So the bottom line is that mobile TV is coming, but it could still be a while.
Check back all this week for more of our CES 2009 Recap.