It looks like the Palm Pre could be hitting store shelves next month. According to tweets by Jim Van, the CEO of Logicom the Pre is going to be released on April 30th of this year, making its debut before the next iPhone.
According to Van’s Twitter stream he received the phone for beta testing on March 26. So far he’s been able to get the phone to work well with Facebook, but not with Twitter, and he reports that the phone’s battery was still going strong after eight hours of mixed use.
The Palm Pre was originally introduced to the public in January of this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The handset is expected to have a 3.1-inch touchscreen similar to the iPhone as well as a full QWERTY keyboard, making it an attractive option for people who don’t like using the iPhone’s touchscreen keypad. The phone will have a 3-megapixel camera, EVDO data modem, Bluetooth, built-in GPS, and will come running Palm’s webOS operating system, an operating system built upon a launcher dock that allows you to scroll through applications using a flicking motion with your finger, similar to navigating through the home menu on the iPhone.
At CES Palm promised a released of the device in the “first half of 2009″, so a late April release would be right on target with that statement. No pricing information has been released yet for the phone, but given it’s obvious iPhone-like capabilities it would make sense for Palm to price the 8GB device around the same as the 8GB iPhone, putting it at $200 with contract.
Have any of you been waiting for the Palm Pre to be released? What do you think about the Twitter rumors that it is coming at the end of April? Fact or Fiction?