There’s a flurry of mobile phone rumors and tidbits today, which is distracting from the actual news from Sprint and Palm. Wonder if that’s a coincidence …
Sprint and Palm today announced pricing and launch details for their hot new Palm Pre smartphone, which they’re blatantly pitching as an iPhone killer. The phone will be available June 6 for $199 (actually $299, with a $100 rebate and obligatory two-year contract).
Here’s a Sprint-provided image of the Pre, which has a 3.1-inch touchscreen, a slideout Qwerty keyboard, a 3.0 megapixel camera, 8 gigs of memory and a tablike interface for flipping through applications, which can be run simultaneously:
Simultaneously, new details of the next iPhone were “leaked” to an enthusiast Web site, which I couldn’t access but which was pounced on by gadget blogs. It said iPhone 3.0 will launch July 17 with a 3.2 megapixel camera and more memory — 16 and 32 gigabytes.
Whether it’s real or not, the info from Appleiphoneapps.com is tantalizing:
— 32GB and 16GB to replace current capacities
— $199 and $299 price-points to be maintained
— 3.2 megapixel camera
— Video recording and editing capabilities
— Ability to send a picture and video via MMS
— Discontinuation of the metal band surrounding the edge of the device
— OLED screen
— 1.5x The battery life
— Double the RAM and processing power
— Built-in FM transmitter
— Apple logo on the back to light up
— Rubber-tread backing
— Sleeker design
— Built-in compass
— Combination of the camera, GPS, compass, and Google maps to identify photo and inform about photo locations.
— Turn by turn directions
Other challengers joined the rumble.
Microsoft today opened the beta version of its My Phone Web service to the public. The free site gives users an online repository where they can store and sync contacts, appointments and photos from their mobile phones. The site can be used to backup and restore information on a phone, or share photos taken from mobile phones. So far it only works with Windows Mobile 6, though.
Also surfacing is a glimpse of the new Android “Rosie” interface being developed by Google, HTC, to distract the Android crowd from the Pre and iPhone 3.0 perhaps?