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Inner workings of the Palm Pre revealed

The question on most everyone's mind is how well the Palm Pre lives up to its pre-release hype. One way to find out is by Cracking Open the device and revealing the hidden technology inside. So that is just what we did.

The highly anticipated and much talked about Palm Pre has finally been released. Now, the question on most everyone's mind is how well this new smartphone lives up to its hype. One way to find out is by Cracking Open the device and revealing the hidden technology inside. So that is just what we did.

With the help of our friends at iFixit and Phonewreck, TechRepublic has published an extensive Photo Gallery exposing the inner technological workings of the Palm Pre smartphone. The chip technology and engineering seen in our cracked unit indicates a very capable mobile device.

As Jason Hiner pointed out in a Tech Sanity Check post over the weekend, the iFixit team made several observations about the Palm Pre:

  1. In general, this Palm hardware reminds us a lot more of Apple's engineering style than any of hardware we've taken apart by other manufacturers (like Dell).
  2. The Pre logic board is substantially smaller than the iPhone logic board, which is very impressive considering how renowned Apple's engineers are for shrinking hardware footprints.
  3. The Palm Pre is the first phone to use Texas Instrument's new OMAP3 (Open Media Applications Processor) platform.
  4. The processor is a 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 + PowerVR SGX 530 GPU + 430MHz C64x + DSP + ISP (Image Signal Processor).
  5. The Pre is definitely not an easy phone to service. There are lots of fragile and tricky tabs that will make putting the phone back together challenging.

Late last month, Jason also suggested that the Palm Pre was going to be a homerun. But what do you think? Personally, it looks to be a fine phone, with a solid set of features and well designed inside and out. But I am not convinced that it is worth switching from my boring, basic smartphone.

Check out the Cracking Open the Palm Pre Photo Gallery and tell us what you think about this supposed Apple iPhone killer.

About Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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