Palm, Inc. designed its next smartphone, the Palm Pre, itself, but this company outsources all its device production. The OEM that will be manufacturing the first webOS-based smartphone is Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS).
Chi Mei isn’t as well-known as some of the other Taiwan-based smartphone makers, like HTC, Compal, and Inventec. It is best known for producing handsets for Motorola.
As mentioned earlier, the Palm Pre will be the first device to use Palm’s just-announced webOS. This will be a multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google and Facebook.
The Pre itself will feature a sliding keyboard as well as a multi-touch-capable 3.1-inch display. This device will also be equipped with 8 GB of on-board storage, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash.
In the U.S. the Pre will be available first from Sprint, who will add its mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A. The GSM version for Europe and Latin America will have the 3G standard HSDPA. Palm has promised to release this device in the first half of this year, but has declined to be any more specific.