February 19, 2009

Palm: The Pre Has 256MB Of RAM

Filed under: Groundwork — mikecane @ 5:05 pm

At the bottom of the post La noche de los “Palm Pre” vivientes, por Carlos Burges, there’s a QuickTime video in which a Palm rep clearly states that the Pre has “256 megs RAM.” Although the post is in Spanish, the video is in English (you have to wait through a clunky video animation intro before the demo begins, so be patient).

Here’s the screensnap that highlights the vocalized specs:


Contrast this to the Memory specs posted by Palm itself:


What’s also interesting in this video is that the Palm rep shows a list of Calendars he has synced:


This screensnap is blurry, so watch the video to see there are at least five synced Calendars! Syncing to public Calendars is an intriguing idea! Imagine ones for Jewish holidays, for other specific religious holidays and observances, as well as birth and death Calendars for public figures of specific specialities (the days, say, on which writers were born and died, such as Edgar Allan Poe).

This video also confirms — perhaps again, but this time I see it explicitly demonstrated — that the Palmness of the Calendar remains. Unlike, say, on Windows Mobile where entering a Calendar item take you to a (cluttered) entry screen, on the Palm Pre tapping on a time makes the field active and it can be typed into immediately — just like the Calendar we have all known and loved.

Another thing I’ve never seen before this video is in the email application. He expands his GMail account and shows the list of folders that reside in this account. This is another blurry screensnap:


I use YahooMail myself, but it has become increasingly reliable. I have a GMail account too but I rarely use it — the Palm Pre might get me to switch to it.

Here’s another thing I’ve never seen in other videos: HTML embedded in a received email.


Double-tap to smart enlarge works on that embedded web page (which is from the Time magazine website) as well as Pinch-In and Pinch-Out.

All of this is exciting stuff and only further whets my appetite for the Pre!



  1. The 256MB is news (there’s been a few contracting statements I’ve heard on me matter). Calendar and html in emails I’ve seen in at least 2 diff vids. Nonetheless a very neat new video :-)

    Comment by JayCanuck — February 19, 2009 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  2. is bloody scary though, lol

    Comment by JayCanuck — February 19, 2009 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  3. Okay, so 256 MB of RAM (meaning program access memory, and the .6 missing from the 8 GB is probably system files, right? That seems reasonable, and as long as it’s all chip memory (*shudder* remembering LifeDrive), that should be plenty given the footprint of most portable apps (particularly those whose main purpose is to access Web-based content).

    Actually, the more I hear about the WebOS apps, particularly the site-specific ones, the more I’m reminded of the Palm VII and its Palm Query Apps (PQAs), which also ran (with some tweaking on other Palm handhelds connected to modems. It’s a nice idea, but those are really more widgets than applications. I am very much looking forward to some real programs, particularly once Palm opens up the rest of the API. {ProfJonathan}

    Comment by Jonathan Ezor — February 19, 2009 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

  4. @JayCanuck: Yeah, that’s weird.

    @Jonathan: I have no problem with 256MB. I wish Palm had stated it earlier. I guess they’re trying to take a page out of Apple’s book by de-emphasizing techie-like specs (“The iPod has X amount of time of skip protection,” for example, versus “The iPod places a song in X amount of RAM for skip protection.”).

    Comment by mikecane — February 19, 2009 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

  5. They also said UMTS / HSDPA, dual band and quad band.

    Comment by Gib — February 19, 2009 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  6. @Gib: Yes, but I expect he was explaining the European variant being shown there at MWC.

    Comment by mikecane — February 19, 2009 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

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  8. I’m gonna cautiously believe the 256MB detail as a rumour. No firm details other than a “256MB” subtitle. The demo video itself doesn’t even show it. Personally RAM memory seems like it fits in Palm’s secret category along with battery life. It is entirely plausible that FAQ Mac just copy&pasted specs from another website.

    Comment by JayCanuck — February 19, 2009 @ 10:39 pm | Reply

  9. I wonder if the native email app supports gmail specific actions like starring, tags, archiving with an interface similar to gmail.

    On the topic of email, has anyone seen one delete an email from the list without opening it? Mass-select emails from the list and delete them all. I hope this is all doable.

    Comment by Galt — February 19, 2009 @ 11:51 pm | Reply

  10. >>>I’m gonna cautiously believe the 256MB detail as a rumour. No firm details other than a “256MB” subtitle.

    Huh? Did you watch the video with sound on? That’s a *Palm rep* clearly stating out loud “256 megs RAM.” I don’t know how much more unambiguous it could be.

    Comment by mikecane — February 20, 2009 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

  11. Mike, yea my mistake, I missed the first bit of the video’s sound. :-)

    I wonder how that 256MB is gonna be used though. Is it like the PalmOS where that memory is for the program storage or if it’s gonna 256MB for applications being run. For that matter, how much memory are default apps like Calendar and Email gonna take up and such. :D

    Comment by JayCanuck — February 20, 2009 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

  12. I think the 256MB will be for active running programs — everything you see going on when you see Card View.

    We’ve already seen anywhere between 2-3 seconds of delay(!) when launching some apps. I’m sure those are being read from the bit of 8GB storage that’s inaccessible to the user. I hope they’re still optimizing the code and can get everything down to 1-second launching. 2-3 seconds might not sound like much, but boy do those seconds get irritating fast! I have a LifeDrive, so I know (and yes, I’ve swapped the HD with CF — not much help!).

    Comment by mikecane — February 20, 2009 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

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