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Palm Pre Coming Next Month?

The Palm Pre, Palm's latest smartphone and its iPhone rival, could hit stores as soon as mid-March.

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The Palm Pre, unveiled last month at CES Las Vegas 2009, has been generating a great deal of buzz. This week, popular gadget blog the Boy Genius Report got its hands on an internal document that indicates that Sprint stores have a target in-stock date of March 15 for the Palm Pre.

When Palm and Sprint unveiled the Pre at CES, the companies said it is expected to ship in the first half of this year, so a March 15 in-store date is not completely out of the question.

In less than a month since its official unveiling, the Palm Pre has become the most anticipated smartphone so far this year, while also being regarded as one of the hottest mobile devices announced at CES.

The Pre is Palm's official slap back at touchscreen rival Apple iPhone 3G and other touchscreen titans like the BlackBerry Storm and the Google Android-based T-Mobile G1.

The Pre, a small and slick smartphone, represents the first Palm device to run the new WebOS operating system. The 3G device offers a large 3.1-inch touchscreen with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The device also uses Palm Synergy, which converges contacts into a single address book from various sources like Gmail, Outlook and Facebook. Another cornerstone of the Pre is the ability to run several applications simultaneously, without making users log out of one application to work in another.

The Pre ties together Wi-Fi, GPS, 8GB of memory and a 3.1-megapixel camera with an LED flash.

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