Rumours quashed over Palm Pre uncertainty

The Palm Pre - still on course
The Palm Pre - still on course

There have been a raft of rumours swirling around the Palm camp since the Chinese paper Commercial Times stated that new Palm smartphones would be delayed, but it appears Palm's new Pre isn't one of them.

The news from the Chinese title was that Compal, a handset assembly firm, was going to have to delay shipments of Palm smartphones until the end of the year as the chipsets from Qualcomm were due to be upgraded, and the company thought it best to wait for the new versions.

The actual quote read: "Shipments of Palm's two smartphones will be delayed as Compal is waiting for Qualcomm's new chipset solutions that will enable better performance." No mention of the Pre, but you know how the rumour mill can get...

Story flaws

But the possible delay has been cleared up as a number of media outlets have pointed out the flaws in the story.

Number one: The Palm Pre is being assembled by Chi Mei in Taiwan, not Compal.

Number two: The Palm Pre's processor is likely to be made by Texas Instruments, not Qualcomm.

Number three: The delayed handsets are said to be using Windows Mobile, not the Pre's fancy-pants webOS platform.

So everyone can sit down and wipe the sweat off their collective brows and wait patiently until the Palm is finally in their hands.

Via Boy Genius Report

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.