SHOWCASE: Sprint has finally announced the pricing and nationwide availability of the highly anticipated and exclusive Palm Pre phone. Available from June 6 in US-based Sprint stores (as well as Sprint.com), the Palm Pre phone will cost US$199.99 on a two-year contract and after a US$100 mail-in rebate.
The Palm Touchstone charging dock will also be available at launch, as it comes bundled with the Touchstone Charging Kit (which also includes a back cover for the Pre), at a cost US$69.99. Separately, the charging dock costs US$49.00 while the back cover costs US$19.99.
The Palm Pre itself is based on the new Palm webOS mobile platform, with a focus on centralizing all of your important information from your phone, work or on the web, into one logical view. According to Sprint, the Palm Pre will consolidate all your professional, social and personal data and make it easily relatable and accessible on the device.
Called ‘Palm Synergy’, this functionality gives the Pre the ability to automatically pull friends’ contact details, messaging addresses and personal calendars from different applications on the Web and the phone without distracting what you were originally doing.
Here’s a video of the Palm Pre from Sprint:
In summary, Palm Synergy allows a user to have:
Linked contacts – a single view that links your contacts from a variety of sources. For example, if you have the same contact listed in your Outlook, Google and Facebook accounts, Synergy recognizes this same person and links the information for you in one listing.
Layered calendars – your calendars can be viewed on their own or layered over each other in a single view, letting you see at a glance, your work, family, friends, sports teams or other interest appointments.
Combined messaging – you can see all your conversations with the same person in a chat-style view, even if the chat started in an Instant Messaging window and you want to reply him or her with an SMS message. There’s also a buddy list from your contacts or email, and you can see who’s active and start a new conversation with just a touch.
Here’s a quick gallery of the Palm Pre from various angles. The last image shows the Palm Pre docked on the Touchstone charger.